International Friendship day 2021; History, Significance and celebrations

Friends are the ones who always endure affection, esteem, intimacy, and trust. It’s a mutual affection that binds people together through different phases of life. Having good friends is a blessing that each one of us craves. It’s the day that specially belongs to the people we refer to as friends.

Friendship Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August. It is a special occasion which celebrates the ties of friendship and precious bonds of togetherness between people. This year, it will be celebrated on August 1.

This year will be the second time that Friendship Day will fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The usual way of celebrating, like sharing gifts, friendship bands, cards, flowers, meeting, having meals, etc will once again be replaced by virtual celebrations to ensure no safety rules pertaining to Covid-19 are flouted. 

In this century of the digital world, all festivals including these kinds are being celebrated and expressed through social media.

History:

The friendship day first started in Paraguay in 1958 by Dr Ramon Artemio Bracho having dinner with his friends in Puerto Pinasco, a town on the River Paraguay. So on this day, the World Friendship Crusade was born and the beginning of International Friendship Day. The founder of Hallmark cards, Joyce Hall, in 1930 proposed a day when people should celebrate friendship.

In 1998, the United Nations named ‘Winnie the Pooh’ as the World Ambassador for Friendship. Previously, the Friendship band was really popular in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and parts of South America.

Significance:

Friendship Day is important because it promotes the role that friendship has in promoting peace and happiness. As everyone knows, friends are an important part of our lives who stand by us in every situation, whether good or bad.

It’s a bond that involves love, understanding, and togetherness. The day honors the strong bond of friendship that exists between people regardless of color, caste, and creed.

Celebrations:

The day is celebrated by friends exchanging greeting cards and gifts, spending quality time with their best friends, some even make friendship bands and tie it on their friends’ wrists on this day as an act of affirmation and simply put in extra efforts to make their friends feel special or take extra care of their friends in their love languages. With Friendship Day 2021, make sure that you strengthen the bond between you and your friends with humility and truth, forget differences or pride or right and wrong and heal the wounds between you and who you care for.

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Today, messages and quotes on friendship will flow on social media and many videos and photos will also be flaunted through chats.

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