International Friendship Day Celebration:The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.To mark the International Day of Friendship, the UN encourages governments, organizations, and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation
International Friendship Day Celebration
In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The UN wanted for the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.International Friendship Day was created to promote friendship and fellowship among all human beings, regardless of their race, color or religion.
Although one might think that every day is a perfectly good day to be designated as a “friendship day,” there is an actual International Friendship Day marked on calendars that has been celebrated in South American countries for many years, and especially in Paraguay, where the first World Friendship Day was proposed back in 1958. In the past, official Friendship Day observations have been held on different dates in different countries, however in 2011 the United Nations declared that the 30th of July would be the official International Friendship Day going forward even though a few countries in Asia still celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday in August every year.
It appears the concept of a Friendship Day in the U.S. may have first come from the greeting card industry when Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930, chose August 2nd as the a day when people should celebrate their friendships by sending each other greeting cards. Friendship Day had also been championed by the National Greeting Card Association in the 30’s, but failed to catch on with the public because it was seen at the time as an obvious commercial ploy to sell more greeting cards. By the 40’s the support for Friendship Day in the U.S. had fallen to the point that the holiday had nearly died out.
The holiday was largely forgotten until several countries in Asia later adopted it and kept it alive until the UN declaration in 2011. The revival of interest in Friendship Day in Asia appears to have been driven by the rise of the Internet in India, Bangladesh and Malaysia where the rapid proliferation of personal computers and mobile phones made it much easier to get in touch with old friends. Today the holiday is marked in South Asia with the exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and jewelry. In Asia and parts of South America today, friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of “friendship gifts” that have become a tradition in places like India, Nepal and Paraguay.
On July 27th in 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations designated July 30th as the official International Day of Friendship; and invited all Member States to observe the Day of Friendship in accordance with the culture and customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities. The cause of promoting friendship and fellowship among all human beings, regardless of their race, color or religion is always a good idea, no matter what day the calendar might say it is
International Friendship Day History
International Friendship Day is a day designed to foster friendships and bridge the gaps between race, color, religion and other factors which keep humans from enjoying friendship with one another. Today, in such a global society, it is imperative that the leaders of tomorrow respect, include and understand world diversity.
International Friendship Day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 with the intent of building communities and helping move towards world peace. The United Nations encourages governments, groups and organizations to host activities and events that promote dialogue, acceptance and understanding between people of different backgrounds. International Friendship Day was initially observed on July 30th, but now celebrated on the first Sunday of August.
International Friendship Day Facts & Quotes
- In 1998, the UN Secretary’s wife, Nane Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the Ambassador of Friendship at the UN.
- According to studies, individuals with stronger social relationships live longer.
The International Day of Friendship is an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today’s world. It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering sustainable development.– UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, 2013.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.– Woodrow Wilson
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
International Day of Friendship Observances
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|Tue||Jul 30||2019||International Day of Friendship||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Jul 30||2020||International Day of Friendship||United Nations observance|
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