Grab your phone, jump on your bike, or fire up the Playstation for old time’s sake, it’s Friendship Day! The day of the year where friends from all over the world show appreciation for one another and remind you why they’re your very best bud. Whether you want to send a card, shoot over a text message, create a photo collage on Facebook, or go and see them in person, there is a way for everybody to celebrate Friendship Day.
WHEN IS NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY 2021?
Friends — the family that we choose — is celebrated on National Friendship Day on August 1.
Where did Friendship Day originate?
Humans are the most social beings on earth: we need to relate to others, just as Abraham Maslow exposed in his Hierarchy of human needs. Our sociological needs motivate our behavior, encouraging us to make interpersonal relationships and connect with others on a deeper level. With such a huge need for human connection with people other than our significant other, it’s no wonder that we celebrate an entire holiday based on the importance of friendship.
National Friendship Day was originally a marketing strategy for Hallmark Cards in the 1930s. Founder Joyce Hall designated the day would take place on August 2 and decided it would be a day to celebrate the people closest to you — and send them a card or two in the process. It soon became a bigger deal than originally planned when the 1935 U.S. Congress pronounced the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day.
The holiday continued gaining popularity, and in 1998 the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. In 2011, during their 65th session, the U.N. designated July 30 International Friendship Day.
Nowadays, we celebrate National Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is easier to get in touch with friends, to share, and to be thankful for them.
This August 2, celebrate the lover you create and share with the family that you chose — the friends who get you through hard times and cheer you on during your most successful moments.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIPS AROUND THE WORLD
|Spain||Friends Day||A reason for a friendly gathering of both current and old friends.||July 20|
|India||Friendship Day||Youngsters celebrate by exchanging greetings/text messages and tying friendship bands.||First Sunday of August|
|Bolivia||Friendship Day||The bond of friendship is celebrated zealously.||July 23|
|Finland||Ystävänpäivä (Friend’s Day)||Valentine’s Day is more commonly celebrated as Friend’s Day.||February 14|
|Colombia||Friendship Day||Presents are given to close friends and loved ones, and celebrations often take place in bars and nightclubs.||Second Saturday of March|
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP BY THE NUMBERS
22% – the percentage of people who live longer if they have a close friendship network.
2 – the average number of best friends an adult has.
1994 – the year when the hit television show “Friends” first aired.
26% – the percentage of people who come into conflict with their friends over something posted online.
2 times – the likelihood of women with breast cancer dying if they don’t have a network of friends.
9 months – the age at which babies start recognizing friendships.
36% – the percentage of people who quit a habit if their friends quit it too.
7 times – the likelihood of a person being more productive at work if their close friend works there too.
10–25 – the number of hours a week young adults spend socializing.
57% – the percentage of teens who make a close friend online.
5 OBSCURE FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY
The Bible reflects friendship as the union that contributes to the foundation of human faith, trust, companionship, and teamwork.
From Hannah Montana’s “True Friend” to The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends” there are many anthems to celebrate our friends.
Asia adopted it too!
The idea of honoring friendships was adopted by many countries in Asia in the 1950s, including China, Malaysia, and India.
Breaking the barriers
The main idea of National Friendship Day is to help to bridge the gaps between people of different ages, races, nationalities, and religions, and to help build strong communities.
The Color of Friendship
What better color to represent friendship than Yellow? The brightest and Happiest color is the best representation of what a healthy friendship can mean to us.
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