International Friendship Day

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International Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August every year. On this day, people spend time with their friends and express love for them. The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards, and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.[1][2]

History[change | edit source]

In 1935, the United States Congress proclaimed the 1st Sunday of August as National Friendship Day.[3] Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event.[3]

Many other countries around the world adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship.[4] Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated by many nations.

Celebrating[change | edit source]

Many friends wish each other with exchange of gifts and cards on this day. "Friendship bands" are very popular in India, Nepal and parts of South America.[1] Members of social networking sites celebrate Friendship Day on-line.[2]

You do not have to buy a gift or spend money to enjoy Friendship Day. This avoids accusations the fun is only a "marketing gimmick".[5]

Other traditions[change | edit source]

  • Día del Amigo (Spanish: "Friend's Day"), a celebration of friendship, held annually on 20 July mainly in Argentina and Uruguay, but also in some other countries.
  • Dia do Amigo (Portuguese: "Friend's Day"), celebration happens on 18 April because on 20 July, they celebrate International Friendship Day.

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A band for ties of friendship". New Delhi: The Times of India. 2009-06-30. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/City/Kanpur/A-band-for-ties-of-friendship/articleshow/4838509.cms. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bose, Antara (2009-08-01). "Flavours of friendship". Calcutta: The Telegraph. http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090801/jsp/jharkhand/story_11305493.jsp. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Friendship Day" (in English). Noida, India: Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India. 2009. http://www.friendshipday.org/.
  4. Topher (2001-2010). "Winnie-the-Pooh FAQ". Melbourne, Australia: Topher's Castle. http://www.lavasurfer.com/pooh-faq7.html. "To commemorate the 1997 event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Mrs. Nane Annan, wife of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, presented Winnie-the-Pooh with the honorary title, "Ambassador of Friendship.""
  5. Raina, Shilpa (2009-08-01). "Friendship Day: Is it another marketing gimmick?". Toronto: South Asian Observer. http://www.southasianobserver.com/newsbackhome_news.php?mid=6&cid=6708. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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