Friends are one of the most valuable people in our life. Having a good friend whom we can share our feelings and problems will make our world happy and worth living. International Friendship Day celebrations take place on the first Sunday of August Or August 3rd of every year. The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of friends began in US in 1935. Gradually the festival gained popularity and today Friendship Day is celebrated in a large number of countries. All the young people around the globe, who are even remotely aware of the significance of the day, indulge in a joyous celebration of Friendship Day.
History of Friendship Day
There are many folktales and several instance in mythological legends that shows that friends and friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world. As a well developed social creature, men love to make friends to further this process of socialization.
The United States Congress, in 1935,declared the first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. It is not known exactly what were the reasons that went into the making of this day, the retrospection of the world scenario of those times can lead us to an understanding. With the devastating effects of the First World War still showing and increasing hostilities, mistrust and hatred between countries providing the perfect conditions for another imminent battle, there was a greater need for friendship and camaraderie not only among nations but also among individuals. In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie – the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event. The noble idea of honoring the beautiful relationship of friendship caught on with the people and soon Friendship Day became wide spread as festival. After getting the popularity and success of Friendship Day in US, several other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated by several countries across the world including India.
Some other Friendship days
Women’s Friendship Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of September. So, girls, do not forget your special day.
Best Friends Weekend is a holiday celebrated over June 23 – June 25. It is a day that honors animals, as designated by the Best Friends Animal Society. The first day of the weekend is called Best Friends’ Day.
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. (Portuguese)
Days before the festival, card and gift companies launch an extensive campaign to attract the people into buying cards and gift items for their friends. Companies indulge in aggressive marketing to target youngsters, the main celebrators of festivals as these, and entice them into purchasing expensive articles for their pals. Restaurateurs too offer special discounts to make the most of the time. This marketing strategy has been severely criticized by many people and is a subject of debate every year. This kind of commercialization has marred the very concept of Friendship Day and has turned it into a mere formality. Many on the other hand think that greater hype and hoopla around the occasion has helped to generate awareness about Friendship Day festival which was till recently a low-key affair (compared to occasions as “Mother’s Day” and “Father’s Day”) and thus promote friendship and brotherhood.
Friendship day is a great opportunity to express your feel in word or acts. The very popular customs of Friendship Day are handing over roses, especially the pink and yellow. People spend their entire day as part of celebration with their special friends where they share their joy and have fun. Friendship is one of the strongest relationships which influences ones behavior.
A vast popular thing on this occasion is Friendship Band – the modern day token of friendship that friends gift to one another to form an everlasting bond. Friendship bands are favorite items for youngsters and are available in stores all over the country. Girls go in for friendship bracelets instead of the conventional friendship wristbands. Friendship Poems and Friendship Day Gifts are exchanged between best friends to renew the bond of friendship and express gratitude and love for each other. Friendship day is celebrated as a day to dedicate to their friends, to show how much they care and love them. As friends are the mirror image of each other’s personality friend’s decisions, opinions, lifestyles and their perceptions will greatly influence in persons behavior. Specialty of this day is that people forgets their sorrows, celebrates their day with friends by making each other’s happy and most of all making each other feel worthy.
But friends be careful on your special celebrations, time, life and relations are just like a sensitive glass handle them with care.