Friendship Day was coined by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930, proposed to be on 2nd of August and had been planned for it to be a day when people would celebrate their friendships by holiday celebrations.
International Friendship Day is a day designed to nurture friendships and bridge the gaps between color, creed and cast, which keep human beings from enjoying companionship with one another.
Today, in such a global society, it is vital that the leaders respect, include and understand world diversity. That is why International Day of Friendship is celebrated all over the world on various dates between the last week of July and the first of week of August, every year.
This beautiful idea of celebrating Friendship was ecstatically accepted by quite a few countries across the world. And today, many countries including India, celebrate the first Sunday of August as Friendship Day every year. Celebrating Friendship Day in a traditional manner, people meet their friends and exchange cards and flowers to honor their friends. Lot many social and cultural organization to celebrate the occasion and mark Friendship Day by hosting programs and get together.
Friendship Day has turned into a very popular mass phenomenon in recent years. In 2005, the volume of well-wishing friends led to breakdown of mobile phone networks in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba and Rosario, comparable to the one experienced in 2004 on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Seats in most restaurants, bars, and other establishments are often completely booked a week before the celebration in the country of Argentina.
In Brazil and Argentina, the day is celebrated on the 20th of July. In Paraguay, however, the eve of July 30th is used for giving presents to close friends and loved ones, and festivities are a common sight in bars and nightclubs for this occasion.
Much different from most countries, Peru celebrates “El dia del Amigo” on the first Saturday in July since the year 2009. This day was proposed by Pilsen Callao. The objective was to distinguish true friendship and separate its celebration from Valentine’s Day.
Originally, this day was created by the greeting card industry, as mentioned above; evidence from social networking sites shows a revitalization of attentiveness in the holiday that may have grown with the spread of the Internet, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia.
Digital communication methods such as the Internet and mobile phones have helped in popularizing the custom, since greeting friends en masse is now easier than before. Those who support the holiday in South Asia attribute the tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends to have originated in the U.S. in 1935, but it actually dates from 1919, which in itself is a little known fact about this day.
The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion all over the world.
Human are very social creatures and have always valued the importance of companions in their lives. Henceforth, first Sunday of August was declared a holiday in the United States of America in honor of friends by a Proclamation made by US Congress in the year of 1935. Since then, World Friendship Day has been celebrated every year on the first Sunday in the month of August.
On 27 April 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nation declared 30th July as official International Friendship Day. The United Nations official webpage, they’ve mentioned their views of Friendship as following;
Our world face many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.
To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.
Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.
In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie – the Pooh, which is very the cartoon character as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
The International Day of Friendship is also very important as it is celebrated in a community to increase companionship. It is also said to help lessen stress effects on the body; it safeguards one from illnesses and fastens the healing process when sick. It makes people less susceptible to chronic diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases and heart disease.
So, gather with your loved ones and companions, along with acquaintances and celebrate the day of Friendship.