What is Friendship Day?
Friendship is that gift of God in your life that you cherish till death if you find one. And for some people, that gift comes from a group of wonderful friends you can rely on and trust.
People dedicate a day, international Friendship Day, to celebrate this relationship,p to spend time, exchange gifts, and be thankful for their contribution. People try to observe this day with their friends through fun activities yearly.
Friendship Day: Quick Overview
- Time/Date: 30 July
- Where It’s Marked: Globally
History of Friendship Day
Ever wondered who decided to start celebrating Friendship Day first? Let's take a quick history tour before celebrating your favorite day.
1. Dreaming at the dinner
Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho originally had the concept for the Global Friendship Day at Puerto Pinasco, a city on the River Paraguay. He and his friends were enjoying a lovely dinner party when he came up with the idea of observing such a day.
At that meeting, Dr. Ramon, with assistance from his friends, formed the World Friendship Crusade. Their aim was simple. They wanted to spread positivity through friendship so that people of the world could live in harmony without boundaries, religion, skin color, or race.
The crusade decided that 30 July would be the day to celebrate friendship. It was first adopted in Paraguay, and soo,n the popularity of this day surged up, and other nations embraced this day as well.
2. United Nations Recognition
Well, the World Friendship Crusade was trying to get as much attention as possible through their activities on Friendship Day. However, they wanted to spread positivity and slogan across the world. To achieve that, they went to the door of the United Nations.
And finally, after many years, in 2011, United Nations recognized Friendship Day on 30 July. United Nations proposed that the member nations observe this day with their specific cultural activities, customs, or any regional activities that will strengthen the bond between people of all ages and governments regardless of the border.
How to celebrate Friendship Day?
Meet a friend, hug, and share a few laughs over your favorite drinks - it should be the simplest and most satisfying way to celebrate Friendship Day. However, if you want to make to do something exciting, check out the list below.
1. Spend time together
The best gift you can provide your friends on this Friendship Day. Spend time together on your favorite pastime. It can be a crazy Booz party or a relaxing Coffee date.
Be together for the whole day and share all the stories you haven't told them yet.
2. Make handmade bands
A Friendship Day celebration will be left unfinished if you do not exchange hand bands. To make it more special, you can braid a friendship band by yourself, as the elements, laces, and strings are all readily available online.
You can also try crocheting a bracelet for your friends as they are super trendy and stylish.
3. Write a heartfelt letter on a gift card
This celebration idea is for the forgetful ones. If you don't have much time to personalize any gift item for your dearest friend, your last resort is to buy a gift card and write down how much you appreciate your friend’s existence in your life.
4. Dedicate a song on TV or Radio
It is not necessary to buy expensive gifts for your friends. You can call a radio station and dedicate a song to your best friend. Call your friend and tell him to tune in and listen to the radio.
Wait for his reaction and have a great time together. Or you can arrange
5. Play Amigo Invisible
You can play Amigo Invisible to make new friends or with your gang of friends. It is a famous tradition in Paraguay that people play on 29 July.
You and your friends will exchange names written on a paper, but nobody will know whose name is written on that paper. Now, on Friendship Day, you will have to buy a gift for the person whose name was written on that paper. You will do it the day before Friendship Day.
Countries that observe Friendship Day
The day 30 July is internationally celebrated worldwide to celebrate Friendship Day. However, the countries below have their very own distinct Friendship Day.
- Ecuador and Venezuela 14 July
- Pakistan 19 July
- Bolivia 23 July
- Nepal, Paraguay 30 July
Interesting Facts about Friendship Day
Are you looking for some fun facts to share with your friends? If yes, then continue reading.
- You and your close friend may share 1% of the same DNA.
- Hanging out with friends helps you to reduce stress.
- In the USA, Joyce Hall, Hallmark cards founder, was the first to propose observing Friendship Day in 1999.
- Many countries celebrate this day on the 1st Sunday of August.
- In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie-the-Pooh the World’s Ambassador of Friendship.
- As long as you live, people encounter many people but choose to make friends with only 396 of them. However, only 1 in every 12 friendships lasts longer.
- Studies have shown that an individual spends 40 to 100 hours making casual friends to good friends.
Unique Friendship Day celebration ideas
Meeting your buddies is a daily occurrence for you. Whether it’s coffee or wine, meeting them and having a good laugh makes all of your troubles in life seem less overwhelming.
To recognize the extraordinary, divine-endowed friendship, you need unique and creative ideas for celebration. Learn more about them by looking at:
1. Walk down memory lane
From early school days to the workplace, you and your friend share thousands of memories. You can surprise your friend by creating a memory book so that you both can reminiscence the good and bad times you have spent together.
Using your photographs and brief remarks, you can compile the memories you’ve been holding onto for years into a collage. Don't hesitate to express your admiration for your friend.
2. Make or buy personalized gift items.
The value and importance of personalized gifts have increased over the past few years. Giving customized gifts shows how much you cherish the uniqueness of your relationships. Additionally, it demonstrates how well you are aware of their hobbies.
So, customize any gift items and bring a smile to your friend’s face. Some things are mugs, photo frames, accessories, gym bags or bottles, diaries, t-shirts, or jewelry.
3. Get a tattoo
If you plan to do something exciting together on the next friendship day, think of having a tattoo together. You can choose from interlocking hearts, yin and yang symbol, or infinity signs for tattoos.
4. Camping with friends
Partying or shopping are almost regular activities for friend groups these days. To level up the game, what you can do is plan camping overnight or hiking to the mountains you have always wanted.
And since you will be surrounded by nature, don't forget to click photos and post them online.
5. Sew a friendship quilt
Remember Bella’s Graduation gift from her mother? It was a memory quilt. Why not sew your quilt that will help you remind of the friendship you have with your friend? You can spend time together while sewing it, and it will become another core memory.
Friendship Day Quotes
You may need to write dozens of texts or only one or two to wish Happy Friendship Day to those special people you call friends. Here are a bunch of beautiful Friendship Day quotes for you.
“A day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day.”- Winnie-the-Pooh
“On this Friendship Day, keep in mind the power of your smile. It is the first step in making new friends.”- Catherine Pulsifer
“Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joy, and dividing our grief.”- Joseph Addison
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light.”- Helen Kelle
“There are times in our life when we realize how blessed we are from the friendships we have formed over the years. Graduations and retirements often remind us of this.”- Kate Summers
“Depth of Friendship does not depend on the length of acquaintance.”- Rabindra Nath Tagore
“Friendship like ours doesn't solve life challenges, but because of our friendship, I know the challenges are not mine alone.”- C Sampson
“Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which strengthens with the setting sun of life.” - La Fontaine
1. Are there two friendship days?
There are different days fixed for other countries to celebrate friendship day. Read the section on ‘countries that celebrate friendship day’ to know the actual dates.
2. What are the five levels of friendship?
The five levels of friendship are Strangers, Acquaintances, Casual friends, Close friends, and Intimate Friends.
3. How often do friends become lovers?
It can be unintentional, but around 70% of people may proceed to be lovers of friends.
4. What instantly ruins a friendship?
Lack of communication, gossiping, mistrusting, lying, or judging for any behavior or small talk can ruin a friendship.
Friendship Day Observances
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|2024||Tuesday||30 July||Friendship Day|
|2025||Wednesday||30 July||Friendship Day|
|2026||Thursday||30 July||Friendship Day|
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