International Friendship Day 2020 is on Thursday 30, July 2020. Happy Friendship Day or Friend’s Day is celebrated every year by the United Nations (UN) on 30 July while some countries celebrate this day as National Friendship Day on some other dates.
International Day of Friendship is a United Nations(UN) observance and not a public holiday. Happy Friendship Day is a day for celebrating friendship regardless of race, color or religion.
First Friendship Day
The first World Friendship Day was celebrated on 30, July 1958 in a North American state ‘Paraguay’, by an international civil organization named World Friendship Crusade.
Background and History of International Friendship Day
Friendship Day was first proposed in 1958 in a North American state ‘Paraguay’ as the ‘International Friendship Day’.
In 2011 UN General Assembly declared 30 July as an official ‘International Friendship Day’. The UN proposed that friendship can inspire peace efforts between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals and can link up the communities.
International Day of Friendship is based on the importance of friendship as a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings across the world.
The UN emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.
International Friendship Day is also intended to support the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
Now-a-days Friendship Day is a popular celebration in several countries.
In certain countries this day is celebrated on some other dates, as in Paraguay 30 July, In Argentina and Brazil 20 July, in India, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh first Sunday of August, and the United States of America 15 February.
Activities of International Friendship Day
- This day is a great opportunity to spend time with friends.
- Take the time schedule for some fun activities with your friends, it can be something simple such as,
- Going for hiking,
- Visiting a park
- Going to beach
- Having lunch or dinner at some restaurant
- You can also enjoy camping at a nearest camping spot along with friends
- Arrange a party of your old friends and recall the sweet memories.
- Make a phone call to your friends, who have not met you since long.
Facts of International Friendship Day
- The first World Friendship Day was celebrated on 30, July 1958 in a North American state ‘Paraguay’.
- In 2011 UN General Assembly declared 30 July as an official ‘International Friendship Day’.
- The UN proposed that friendship can inspire peace efforts between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals and can link up the communities.
- The utmost reality of this Day is to celebrate friendship regardless of race, color or religion.
- Friendship Day provides an opportunity to resolve the issues between individual people, and countries.
Gifts of Friendship Day
The exchange of Friendship Day gifts like cards, flowers, and wrist bands is a popular tradition on this occasion. A small but thoughtful present can make an even greater impact than one that costs a lot of money. Some ideas on what you could give include:
- A cherished picture of the two of you in a frame is an especially good gift if your friendship has some history,
- Friendship bracelets for adults and kids alike.
- Friendship cards are easily available in market, but a handmade card is more charming on this day.
- A single flower or a bouquet of flowers is a very sweet gift on this day.
Speech of International Friendship Day
World Friendship Day is a day to celebrate our friends. Those who have been there for us through good times, tough times and most importantly those we can rely on.
As we grow older, some friendships naturally become colorless, some have an expiration date, others become toxic and we have to let them go. Either way, with the passage of time, the number of your friends is bound to shrink.
This friendship day evaluates those legends who have stood by us and stuck around, they should truly be appreciated and honored in our life. We should make them feel extra special with some touchy gifts.
Quotes of Friendship Day
“If you have two friends, you’re lucky, If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”
― S.E. Hinton
“If you have good friend, no matter how much life is sucking , he can make you laugh.”
― P.C. Cast Kristin Cast
“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)”
“The best mirror is an old friend.”
― George Herbert
“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
― “A friend to all, is friend to none.”
“Friends are the family you choose.”
― Jess C Scott,
“However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.”
― albert einstein
“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”
“In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.”
― John Churton Collins
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.”
― Jim Morrison
“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”
― Charles Caleb Colton
“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.”
― Khalil Gibran,
“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
― Charlotte Brontë,
“True friends are like diamonds – beautiful, bright, valuable, and always in style.”
― Nicole Richie
“Making a hundred friends is not a miracle, the miracle is to make a single friend, who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you.” _ Jhon Spence
“I love the friends, whom have not seen for days, weeks or months and the bond is still as strong as ever.”_ By Unknown
“Finding friends with the same mental disorder is priceless.”_ By Unknown
“Friends are made by heart, not by the color.” _ By Unknown
“Happiness is having a husband, who is also your best friend.” _ By Unknown
“There are millions of people on Earth, and you are the only one whom I selected as friend.” _ By Unknown
Dates of Friendship Day 2020 in Different Countries
|North American state ‘Paraguay’||International Friendship Day||Tuesday 30, July 2020|
|Argentina||National Friendship Day||Saturday 20, July 2020|
|Brazil||National Friendship Day||Saturday 20, July 2020|
|India||National Friendship Day||Sunday 2, August 2020 (First Sunday of August)|
|Pakistan||International Friendship Day||Tuesday 30, July 2020|
|United Arab Emirates (First Sunday of August)||National Friendship Day||Sunday 2, August 2020 (First Sunday of August)|
|Bangladesh||National Friendship Day||Sunday, 2 August 2020 (First Sunday of August)|
|United States of America (USA)||National Friendship Day||Saturday, 15 February 2020|