International Friendship Day is a day for celebrating friendship and spreading awareness of the role of friendship when it comes to promoting peace among different cultures. It was originally started by Hallmark in 1919. The United Nations officially recognized the 30th of July as International Friendship Day in April of 2011. Today, it is celebrated by most countries on the first Sunday of August every year.
To mark the International Day of Friendship, the United Nations encourages governments, communities and organizations to schedule events, activities and initiatives for promoting solidarity, reconciliation and mutual understanding among diverse cultures. Take note that the International Day of Friendship is not a public holiday but merely a United Nations observance.
Purpose of International Friendship Day
The main purpose of International Friendship Day is to promote the concept of friendship across different backgrounds and cultures in order to promote peace all over the world. It is also for reminding the general public of the importance of maintaining friendship and making new friends for improving* the overall well-being of a person. There are studies which indicate the importance of social interaction particularly with friends when it comes to overcoming psychological problems like depression and anxiety.
What You can do on International Friendship Day?
- Spread awareness of International Friendship Day using social media
- Create an event in your local community for the day of observance
- Send cards to your friends and schedule a date
- Organize a party for all your friends
- Print International Friendship Day posters and display in public areas
- Distribute brochures or flyers for the day of observance
- Contact your local newspaper, radio and television stations to help spread awareness of International Friendship Day
- Organize an event in your school or at work to promote making new friends
- Start an organization at work or in school for people who have the same interests like sports, food, etc.
Message on International Friendship Day
It is important for different cultures to work together in promoting international understanding and respect for diversity. This day is a reminder for governments, organizations and other groups to take a proactive approach in promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation. Friendship between different people from different countries and with different cultures can inspire peace efforts and assist in building bridges between communities.
Special Tips on International Friendship Day
- Give gifts
Gifts don’t need to be expensive to mean a lot to your friend’s. Friendship bracelets are very popular on International Friendship Day. It is a good reminder of your friend/s even when you don’t get to see them often. You can also send them other meaningful gifts like an item for their collection, a token reminding them of an experience you shared, etc. The gift will be a reminder of your friendship and signify his/her importance to you.
- Think Of The Good, Forget The Bad
When you think about your friends, do you focus on the bad and not the good? You should focus on the positive in order to harness the power of positive emotions. This will also help improve* your overall well-being and resource for the various demands of your hectic life. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should just ignore the bad. Remember that the brain is like a magnet for good or bad so you should always focus on the positive.
- Express Gratitude
Always tell your friends how much you appreciate them. After all, we don’t known when our life will end. Also, this will help build the friendship or maintain it even if distance is separating the two of you. With the use of the internet and other means of communication, it is easier than ever to keep in touch and tell your friends how much they mean to you.
- Foster Connections
Connections are like plants which you need to take care of. You need to constantly nourish your connections with different individuals in order to maintain the friendship or build it. Think about the other person and what they have done for you in the past. This will help you appreciate them and remind you if their importance in your life. Even if you don’t have time to catch up face to face, you can use the internet to foster your connections with others.
International Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August. It helps us remember the importance and positive effects of friendships in our lives. Friendship is important because it helps break down barriers and connect people with diverse cultures and backgrounds. It even plays an important role in promoting peace in different cultures.