International Friendship Day :- Human beings are social creatures and have always valued the importance of friends in their lives. The original idea for a day of friendship came from Hallmark cards in the 1930’s. Originally celebrated on 2nd August, the day was largely viewed cynically by the public as a money making exercise. Sales of friendship day cards did not take off in Europe and by the mid-1940’s the day had faded into obscurity in the USA.
- National Friendship Day is on the first Sunday in August.
- Women’s Friendship Day is on the third Sunday in August
- International Friendship Month is February
- Old Friends, New Friends Week is the third week of May
Friendship Day (also International Friendship Day or Friend’s Day) is a day in several mostly Latin American and Asian countries for celebrating friendship
It was first proposed in 1958 in Paraguay as the ‘International Friendship Day’.
It was initially promoted by the greeting cards’ industry, evidence from social networking sites shows a revival of interest in the holiday 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.
Who chooses them and how?
It’s the most representative organ of the Organization. The General Assembly that designates a particular date as an International Day. International days are proposed to the UN General Assembly by Member States. The General Assembly then decides by consensus whether to adopt the resolution establishing the particular day.
How do we measure the impact of these Days?
The international observances are some of the most visited pages on the UN website. Each international day has a dedicated website, available in the UN’s six official languages.
what is Friendship Day?
Every year, we celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August. Friendship Day is the day on which we commemorate a special relationship in our life, which is of a friend.
Friend ship Day celebrated
In 1930, Joyce Hall, a businessman who founded Hallmark cards introduced the concept of Friendship Day where people would celebrate a day with their friends and send each other cards. He chose August 2 as the date for the celebration. Later, people understood that this was a commercial scheme and the holiday soon died out in 1940s.
The World Friendship Crusade then convinced the United Nations to recognise July 30 as World Friendship Day. The UN-Secretary General, Kofi Annan, announced Winnie the Pooh as the ambassador of friendship.