Friendship Day is a special occasion in India that honours the meaningful bonds shared between friends. It is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of August. In 2023, Friendship Day will be celebrated on 6th August.
Friendship Day: History
The history of Friendship Day can be traced back to 1958 when Jose Hall, owner of Hallmark Cards, proposed the idea of celebrating Friendship Day in Paraguay. International Friendship Day follows the proposal given by UNESCO. The initiative was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1997. However, in 2011 the United Nations officially declared 30 July as the International Day of Friendship.
Friendship Day 2023
The theme of International Friendship Day 2023 was “Sharing the human spirit through friendship”, which focuses on promoting meaningful relationships and camaraderie between individuals. International Friendship Day is in line with UNESCO’s Culture of Peace initiative, which rejects violence, seeks to prevent conflicts and addresses underlying issues to find solutions. Different countries including India celebrate Friendship Day on different dates.
Friendship Day: Importance
Friendship Day holds great significance as it reminds us to express our gratitude for the presence of friends in our lives and the support they provide during both happy and difficult times. Friends are considered to be the family that we choose for ourselves and their role in our lives is invaluable.
Friendship Day: Celebration
To celebrate Friendship Day, people in India and other countries give surprises and meaningful gifts to their friends. Celebrations can take various forms, such as spending quality time together, exchanging heartfelt gifts such as bands, writing sincere letters, cooking something special, dedicating meaningful songs, going on trips, eating out, or creating lasting memories. and participating in hobby classes to strengthen their bond, or simply express love and appreciation.
It is the expressions and emotions that make this day truly special. On this special day, it is an occasion to reflect on the importance of friendship and cherish the relationships that play a vital role in making our lives richer and more fulfilling.