Human beings are social creatures and have valued the importance of friends in their lives. To celebrate this noble feeling, it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friendship and friends. Accordingly, the first Sunday in the month of August of every year is declared as an International Friendship Day, and it was declared as a holiday in the US with Proclamation made by US Congress in 1935. This beautiful idea of celebrating International Friendship Day was joyfully accepted by various other countries across the world. Gradually the day gained popularity and today Friendship Day is feasted in a significant number of countries including India.
“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
History of International Friendship Day
International Friendship Day is a day created to encourage friendships and bridge the gaps within the race, color, religion, and other circumstances which keep humans from enjoying friendship with one another. Today is such a global society it is imperative that the leaders of tomorrow, respect include, and understand world diversity. International Friendship Day was declared by the United Nations in 2011 with the intent of building communities and helping move towards world peace. The United Nations helps the Government, Organisations, and groups to host activities and events that promote dialogue, acceptance, and understanding between people of various backgrounds. Internation Friendship Day was initially observed on July 30th but is now celebrated on the first Sunday of August.
Happy Friendship Day Quotes
“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau
“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” – Charles R. Swindoll
“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” – John Wooden
“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” – Muhammad Ali
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil
“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” – Baltasar Gracian
“A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.” – William Penn
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” – Bruce Lee
“Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.” – Marilyn Monroe
Other Celebrations on August 6
August 6 is also celebrated as
- Fresh Breath Day
- Root Beer Float Day
- Wiggle Your Toes Day
- International Sailor Moon Day
- Farmworker Appreciation Day
- National Sister’s Day
How To Celebrate International Friendship Day
On International Friendship Day, write a letter to a best friend about what you feel about them and convey your wishes. Decoupage something for them. Create a customs beauty supply. Make a modern friendship bracelet and make it wear on that day. Send a text to a friend wishing her a happy friendship day. Spend time with them and create wonderful memories. Go shopping. Visit them surprisingly. You can use the hashtag #InternationalFriendshipDay or #FriendshipDay to post on social media.
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