“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.”- Muhammad Ali
Friendship Day (also known as International Friendship Day or Friend’s Day) is a day in several countries for celebrating friendship . It was initially promoted by the greeting card industry; evidence from social networking sites shows a revival of interest in Friendship Day that may have grown with the spread of the internet, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia. Mobile phones, digital communication and social media have contributed to popularize the custom.
Friendship day was first proposed in Paraguay in 1958 by joycehall It was a holiday involving the celebration of friendships through a global holiday. The original Date Of Celebration was 2 August, though it has since been moved to 7 August due to de-synchronization in the united states.
In honor of Friendship Day in 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General kofianan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. The event was co-sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public Information and Disney Enterprises, and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford.
The idea of a Global 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 about 200 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay.
Today, Friendship Day is celebrated with enthusiasm all over the world. There is hardly anyone who does not have a friend or who does not know the importance of friendship. We all have friends in life and we like to spend time with friends.Nowadays if we see, in this modern age we are moving forward. Today, it is difficult to find a true friend, and if a true friend is found, life becomes very happy. We need friends all the time, and if a true friend is with us, then the thing is different. For any need, we can take help from friends and live the best life.We are moving forward in this modern era. People who cannot give time to their friends, Friendship Day motivates all those people to meet their friends. If there is no friendship between the two, no relationship can stay long. Friendship is only possible when both people have the same interests and feelings. Friendship is the basis of every relationship. Friendship day is mainly a day to celebrate the day of togetherness and the bond between true friends. This Friendship day brings us closer to our friends and brings lots of happiness in life.
On the occasion of Friendship Day, many friends congratulate their friends by giving them flowers and cards and hanging out with their friends. They happily embrace or cherish this moment, by hugging each other. It is not necessary to celebrate friendship day with great pomp and show every time. Some relation is truly precious itself, so one doesn’t need to organise a grand party behind it. Sharing a true bond and loyalty in friendship with each other may be a grand celebration itself. Enrich your friendship with genuine feeling and joy on friendship day. On friendship day, spending some time with friends and sharing some warm feelings is also part of the Celebration. Relive life with some faithful friends who will never leave you alone
Importance of Friendship
During childhood, friendships are intense, so the memories always remain in the heart. Friendship is a relationship that a person chooses on his own. During childhood, many friendships are unintentional. The bonds are formed generally by playing together. Nowadays there is less number of people with whom one can share everything. After a day’s work or a busy day, a person needs someone with whom they can relax and throw a red ball to the trouble of life. Relation of Friendship is one of them. From childhood to the current age, many people come and go in life. But there is only one or two with whom one can share an actual bond. Whom people can trust in their worst time. A true friend will always guide a person in his worst and best situation. Having such a true friend is essential in a person’s life. Some friends last forever. However, some continue to remain friends for a lifetime through good and bad times. There are few such friends who maintain true Friendship throughout life. Therefore, you should be cautious while making friends. A person can share his happiness and sorrows and all kinds of emotions with a friend. Friendship can come in any discipline of life and anyone can be a friend like a father can be a friend of his daughter. In the same way, a mother-son can be a friend, a husband-wife can be a friend. It is not necessary that a person should be friends only with the same age groups. True Friendship is also seen with animals, where there is honesty and loyalty, such friends prove very helpful for us. True Friendship always shows the right path to the person. Friends are the second priority of a person after the family.
International Friendship Day
One spends every good and bad moment with a friend. The habits a person carries in life can be the result of Friendship. Man is a social animal and cannot live alone and needs friends to survive. A person should always choose his friends carefully. A true friend should not be ridiculed or lost for any reason. Conversely, you should stay away from friends who take advantage of you. They will never come to your help at your bad times and will keep you in trouble from time to time, hence Friendship is very important in our life. However, if friends are bad, they can also be dangerous. This one day reminds us of a few moments spent with our friends. Actually, Friendship day plays an important role in our life. If you have a true friend, then in life, you can actually go ahead in every field. On Friendship day many social and cultural organisations also celebrate Friendship day and give congratulations. Friendship day is a symbol of the love of friends. However, pets are also considered as good friends for life, being a part of humans they are the best friends for life to understand our all emotions throughout.
Significance of International Friendship Day
According to United Nations, International Day of Friendship can help promote peace and social harmony among people. “Our world faces 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,” according to UN.
There is a saying “A friend in need is a friend indeed” and Friendship Day has great importance to awaken the feeling or need of that friend. Having a loyal friend is a royal feeling. A true friend will never lose loyalty in any situation. In today’s era, people do not find a proper person to share everything about their lives. Sometimes there is something that can not be shared with family or any relatives.