Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark Cards, created Friendship Day in 1930. Every year on August 2, he planned to celebrate Friendship Day. People were upset because they thought Hall had figured out a way to sell more greeting cards in the name of “Friendship Day.” This notion quickly faded from minds. On July 30, 1958, this concept resurfaced in the minds of an international organization called the World Friendship Crusade. On July 20, 1958, Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho had the idea to celebrate Friendship Day all over the world. Later, in 1998, the then Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan’s wife, Mrs. Nane Annan, appointed Winnie the Pooh as the United Nations Global Friendship Ambassador. Finally, on April 27, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 30 as the official Day of International Friendship. Furthermore, the congregation urged people to observe this day in accordance with their traditions and customs.
Know the importance of Friendship Day
This day commemorates friendship between two or more people and brings together that special bond across geographies, gender, religion, and other differences. The United Nations also encourages governments and civil organizations to foster and promote social harmony among peoples so that truth and peace may prevail and there may be more love and less hatred among peoples, allowing humanity to triumph.
Friendship Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August in India
Friendship Day is celebrated on different dates around the world. In India, it is still observed on the first Sunday of August every year. To commemorate this day, people, mostly children, tie friendship bracelets around the wrists of their friends. This is interpreted as a promise to be best friends. This day was first designated as International Friendship Day in Paraguay in 1958. However, it is widely believed that Joyce Hall’s idea of a Friendship Day celebration was to gain l money by selling greeting cards to their friends to commemorate Friendship Day.
Interesting facts about Friendship Day
1: Although it is unpopular in the United States and Europe to honor friendship, several Asian countries, including India, China, and Malaysia, began celebrating Friendship Day in the 1960s. 1950 by exchanging gifts with their friends.
2: In the United States, the first Sunday in August was thought to have originated Friendship Day in 1935. Congress’s decision to have a day to honor friends underscored its importance.
3: The third Sunday in September is designated as Women’s Friendship Day.
4: The friendship between Lord Krishna and Arjun is beautifully depicted in the famous Hindu epic “The Mahabharata”. The Islamic religion has always placed great value on the concepts of friendship and fellowship.