Friendship Day 2019: Why & How it is celebrated

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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words- unknown

The above quote is very well said as there is not a single day when we don’t talk to our beloved friends. Friends are those to whom we are not related to blood but still, they are an important part of our life. Sometimes they act as secret-bearers, motivator, parents and some time your partner in crime.  When friends are together, every day becomes a Friendship day, but the first Sunday of August is known to celebrate this pious relation of friends as Friendship Day. This year Friendship day is on 4 August 2019.

The first World Friendship Day was proposed for 30 July in 1958, by the World Friendship Crusade. On 27 April 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official International Friendship Day. The World Friendship Crusade is a foundation that promotes friendship and fellowship among all human beings, regardless of race, color or religion. Since then, 30 July has been faithfully celebrated as Friendship Day in Paraguay every year and has also been adopted by several other countries. However, some countries, including India celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August.

In India, on this day people spend time and hang out with their friends and express love for them. Exchange of Friendship Day Gifts like flowers, cards, and bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.

Seema Jain

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