Friendship day is celebrated around the globe and it one such occasion that people celebrate without much knowledge on the history of this day. There are several folktales and mythologies that shows how friendship has been valued since the beginning of the civilized world. Friends for life can be the most beautiful treasure an individual can hope for. It is the sweetest and strongest of bonds in human relationship which goes beyond family ties. Friendship Day is a special day to commemorate the special relation. Celebrated on the First Sunday of the August each year, Friendship Day 2018 is scheduled to take place on August 4. Save the date to make the day super special for your buddies.
History of Friendship Day
One must be thinking the concept of friendship day is a new one. Well, here is the fact. It all began in the year 1935 when the United States Congress Congress decided to have a special day celebrated in honour of friends, considering the role they played in one’s life. They proclaimed First Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, a celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event. There is also another event hinting at when the day originated -Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1919, originally intended Friendship Day to be declared a day when people celebrated their friendships by sending cards. In 1998, Nane Annan, wife of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations.
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals, which can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. According to the Friendship Day declaration, the UN Member States and the civil society are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”. Happy Friendship Day 2017 to all my friends, friends of friends and just about everyone.
Significance of Friendship Day
Friends are a very important part in a persons life. We might not share every detail about us with our family but we do it with our friends. A true friend is hard to find but when found should be treasured for life. Just like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and others, Friendship Day is commemorated to those loving souls who make our lives so much better. They guide us like father, give us fuzzy warm love like a mother, irritate us like a brother, share funky tales like a sister, be our teacher, our psychiatrist, life coach, a partner in crime, bugger and just about everything. Friendships embrace of all spheres of relationship and still be not engulf them.