“True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable”.
Friendship Day is a day that is celebrated in different countries to cheers one day for friendship.
Friendship Day was originated by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark Cards in 1930. It was first celebrated by Paraguay in 1958 as the “International Friendship Day”.
International Friendship Day
It is celebrated in many countries like United States, United Kingdom, Malaysia, India, etc.
Some countries also provide holiday like in South Asia this day is dedicated to the friends’ love and companion which have been originated in the year 1935.
This day was also recognized in the year 1919 by the United States. But later, this day was officially celebrated.
The idea of a World Friendship Day was first proposed on 20 July 1958 by Dr Ramon Artemio Bracho during a dinner with friends in Puerto Pinasco, a town on the River Paraguay.
Later, the World first Friendship Day was celebrated on 30th July 1958.
On 27th April 2011, the General Assembly of United Nations declared 30th July as the official Friendship Day.
However, some countries, like India, celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August.
In Nepal, Friendship day is celebrated on 30 July each year. In Oberlin, Ohio, Friendship Day is celebrated on 9 April each year.
History: Happy Friendship Day
Friendship Day was founded by Joyce Hall the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930 and it was celebrated on 2nd August, a day when people remember their old days with their friends.
It is celebrated with greeting cards and in the 1920s especially commercial gimmick started to promote greeting cards.
In the 1940s the number of Friendship Day cards available in the U.S. had reduced, people stopped buying and a large number of people died on this Holiday.
There is no evidence till today, but people kept this day alive and rejoice in Asia, where many countries have adopted this day.
In 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, announced Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador for Friendship Day at the United Nations.
The event was sponsored by the U.N. department of the Public Information and Disney Enterprises and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford.
The origin of the day
An international celebration was first suggested by the globe Friendship Crusade.
This day was founded by Dr Ramón Artemio Bracho and his friends in Puerto Pinasco, Paraguay, in 1958. They wanted to support the friendship and its importance in creating a culture of peace.
So, within the same year, they decided to celebrate Friendship Week in Puerto Pinasco and other places in Paraguay, they repeated the week and finished on 30 July, which they declared as Friendship Day.
From there, celebrations of friendship grew and spread across solid ground, then the planet, and eventually, the UN declared a global Day of Friendship in 2011.
Friendship Day in India & around the world
The General Assembly announced official Friendship Day is 30th July, but in some countries like India, it is said to be celebrated on the first Sunday of August which is 2nd August in 2020. If we talk about Nepal it is celebrated on 30th July every year.
On this day people greet each other, provide cards, presents, and flowers to their friends.
The International Day of Friendship on 30 July is the sole day celebrating friendship around the world.
States like Paraguay celebrate this day on 30 July, but other countries have different dates, like Argentina, Brazil, and Spain celebrate Friendship Day on 20 July, while in India and the US, the day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August.
In Finland and Estonia, Friendship Day is well known on an identical day as February 14.
The popularity of Friendship day in India
Friendship Day is very popular in India, on this day friends exchange gifts, present cards, give bands, or any memorial gifts to their friends.
Friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other parts of South America.
Friendship day is also celebrated online. But nowadays it is celebrated on the first Sunday of August rather than 30th July in few parts of the World including India.
But nowadays it is celebrated on the first Sunday of August rather than 30 July.
However, on 27 July 2011, the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 July as “International Day of Friendship”.
Emphasizing the importance of friendship day, the great ancient Greek Philosopher and scientist said that, “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human.
Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to and therefore does not partake of society is either a beast or a god.
Importance of Friendship in the Bible:
The Bible says that friendship is the bond that forms the foundation to human faith, trust, and companionship. The importance of friends by the Bible says:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Importance of Friendship in Mahabharata:
In the famous Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna demonstrates the various colours of friendship – affection, romance, brotherhood, protection, guidance, intimacy, and even teasing. Friendship is all about these and far more.
The character of Karna is the embodiment of friendship who prepared to fight even his brothers for the sack of friendship.
Friendship is divine. Friendship is often giving and not asking or taking.
Friendship is one in every of the foremost beautiful relationships that have evolved since the start of mankind apart from immediate blood relations, friends are the foremost valued persons in one’s life.
Friendship usually develops with identical age groups with identical nature and interests.
Friends spend time with each other, confiding in one another about their joys and sorrows and coming to the assistance of these who are in need emotionally and a beautiful relationship. Friendship could be a great feeling.
The importance of friends
Friends are very important in every person’s life. Some have friends since childhood, some make at their teenage age, and sometimes we can meet our best friend at the workplace.
Friends may live very far from you but still, we can connect with them in online mode and wish them.
True friends are the one who helps you in every phase your good as well as in your bad times.
It has been said by the Doctors that friends are very important in one’s life because it helps to keep our physical and mental health good at all stages of life.
What do people do on the International Day of Friendship?
Friendship Day is celebrated all over the world and on this day Friends spend time together, they go out for dinner or picnic, they present a gift to each other, they give flowers, greeting cards and lots of love and care.
Together they rejoice their day. They remise their childhood memories together, they cheer to those memories, they do parties and enjoy.
To have a real friend is one in all the foremost precious gifts one can ever have in their life.
An individual should consider himself/herself one among the luckiest persons on the planet if he/she has a true and sweet friend in their life.
Real friends give us any sweet and pleasurable memories to rejoice. Not a single person in this world will ever want to lose a real friend as that’s where we discover our self-most comfortable.
Friends always appreciate when you do good things and they also stop you from doing bad things.
They always showed the love and care with full of positivity. Keeping a balance in friendship is not a simple task and always be honest in your friendship to maintain the balance.
Having a friend by your side is the most valuable and appreciable gifts you get from God.
Friends are the gems who will never leave you alone in any of the circumstances even if the entire world is against you. God cannot be everywhere that’s why they have made friends.
And God’s has given everyone their best friend which is in the form of parents. Only they can do anything for us expecting nothing in return.
Parents’ are the one who can share love in good times and motivates you in your bad times. They protect you from every evil thought and people.
So, guys try to find your best friend in your parents’ too apart from the friends which you already have.
Quotes: Happy Friendship Day 2020
1. “Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” – Author Unknown
2. “Friendship like ours doesn’t solve life challenges but because of our friendship I know the challenges are not mine alone.” – C. Sampson
3. “There are just so many people around me but only one person that allows me to be myself is you. This special day is entirely for the person I call my best friend.” – Author Unknown
4. “A friend does not walk before you so you can follow, he walks beside you so he can catch you before you fall.” – Author Unknown
5. “The circle of friendship is a place of warmth and caring, where people come together for listening and sharing. A place of kindness and trust, a place of tears and laughter too. I’m glad to share that circle with a special friend like you.” – Beth Stuckwisch
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