The dove, often in tandem with the image of an olive branch, has been recognized as a symbol of peace for many centuries, with symbolic roots in the religious traditions of Judaism and Christianity. In their religious texts, there is a story about a cataclysmic flood, after which a dove carrying an olive branch is seen as a sign of life, and the end of the flood. Over time, the dove as a widely recognized peace symbol has become integrated into traditions both secular and political. The symbol for World Peace Day itself is a dove holding an olive branch.
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