Friendship is a synonym for love, and even if your closest loved ones won’t put up with your 3 a.m. tantrums, your best buddy would. When we can’t see the bright side, our friends sit in the dark with us, seeing the anguish in our eyes while the rest of the world believes our smiles.
Friends are the greatest gift of life because, while you can be wild with them, they are also the ones that don’t always require vocal communication to understand you. Friendship Day is observed around the world to honour those friends who will always love you—imperfect, confused, Friendship Day is celebrated across the wrong you world with great pomp and show.
Date of Friendship Day:
International Friendship Day is celebrated annually on July 30. However, countries like India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and United States mark Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August every year.
History of Friendship Day:
In 1930, Friendship Day was first organised by the founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Hall. He intended this day to be celebrated on August 2; a day when people would come together and celebrate their camaraderie.MORE FROM THIS SECTION.
People soon realised, however, that it was just a ploy to sell greeting cards, and the holiday faded away in the United States. Friendship Day is still observed on August 2 in most Asian countries.
The World Friendship Crusade, an international civic organisation that promotes peaceful culture via friendship, suggested an International Friendship Day for the first time on July 30, 1958. On July 20, 1958, Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho had the concept of celebrating Friendship Day all around the world.
As he sat down to dinner with his friends in the town of Puerto Pinasco, Paraguay, the merry group of friends gave way to the World Friendship Crusade. It was meant to be a foundation that would promote friendship and fellowship among humankind, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or religion.
The cartoon character Winnie the Pooh was then named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s wife Nane Annan in 1998. Kathy Lee Gifford co-hosted the event, which was co-sponsored by the United Nations Department of Public Information and Disney Enterprises.
Finally on April 27, 2011, United Nations’ General Assembly declared July 30 as official International Friendship Day. The Assembly even went so far as to invite all the member states to celebrate the occasion in accordance with their own customs and practices.
Significance of Friendship Day:
According to the United Nations, the UN General Assembly declared July 30 as International Day of Friendship, with the goal of inspiring peace initiatives and bridging gaps between communities via friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals. “The resolution emphasises the need of incorporating young people, as future leaders, in community activities that incorporate a variety of cultures promote international understanding and respect for diversity.”
However, people across the globe largely mark the day to celebrate the BFF journey from being strangers in an academic institute or workplace to now being inseparable and nurture bonds of intimate friendship with those we can talk to for endless hours, without hesitancy and with the assurance that they got our back and vice versa. Even though it is not a public holiday, people around the world go out with their friends and toast to each other’s good health and many more years together.
Celebrations of Friendship day:
The day is celebrated by friends exchanging greeting cards and gifts, spending quality time with their best friends, some even make friendship bands and tie it on their friends’ wrists on this day as an act of affirmation and simply put in extra efforts to make their friends feel special or take extra care of their friends in their love languages. With Friendship Day 2021 just around the corner, make sure that you strengthen the bond between you and your friends with humility and truth, forget differences or pride or right and wrong and heal the wounds between you and who you care for.
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