Being a major part of life, friendships have a huge impact on life and responsible for mental health and happiness. While developing and building friendships can take time and effort, healthy friendships are the perfect mode boosters. To honour the friends we have made in life and thank them for their immense support and love, Friendship Day is celebrated in almost every country on the globe on the first Sunday of August.
This year Friendship Day will be celebrated on August 2.
History of Friendship Day:
Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1930s. The day was marked for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually, it faded out completely. The idea of a day to honour friendship was, however, adopted by several countries in Asia where it remained a popular custom to reserve a day for celebrating friendships and the exchange of gifts between friends.
Before the UN made its designation, the very first World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, which is an international civil organization that campaigns to foster peaceful culture through friendship.
Who celebrates Friendship Day?
Many countries in Asia, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, India, Finland, Estonia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, and the United States all celebrate Friendship Day which first started in Paraguay in 1958 and since has spread to many other countries.
How to observe Friendship Day?
There are various innovative and fun ways in which the day can be celebrated. However, this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic the celebrations will be limited to keeping in mind the social distancing norms.
The social media will come in handy this time. Use #FriendshipDay on different social media platforms. Share pictures with your friends and tag me. Call them and thank them for every good they did for you. Get in contact with your friends for a chat or video calling.