International Friendship Day

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International Friendship Day celebrations take place on the 4 January 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 | change 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 | change 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 | change 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 | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A band for ties of friendship". New Delhi: The Times of India. 2009-06-30. Unknown parameter |4 January every year4url= ignored (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bose, Antara (2009-08-01). "Flavours of friendship". Calcutta: The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Friendship Day". Noida, India: Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India. 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-29.
  4. Topher (2001–2010). "Winnie-the-Pooh FAQ". Melbourne, Australia: Topher's Castle. 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."CS1 maint: date format (link)
  5. Raina, Shilpa (2009-08-01). "Friendship Day: Is it another marketing gimmick?". Toronto: South Asian Observer. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-08-01.

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