Friendship Day, also referred to as ‘mitrata diwas’ in India, is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. This coming year, it will probably be celebrated on August 6 that is, for obvious reasons, a Sunday. How and why did this very day fall on the first Sunday of August is for us to learn.
Humans are social animals and in order to co-exist on this planet, it has become mandatory for all of us to get friends. Friendship, a noble feeling, is among the best gifts to human kind and this day surely requires a celebration. Accordingly, in India as well as other countries, the initial Sunday of August was declared as a big day dedicated to friends. Ever since, the country has become celebrating Friendship Day on August’s first Sunday every year, that is a remarkable festival here.
In India, over a day, it is the feelings that are more essential to those. Indians religiously celebrate this very day every year, showering their friends with gifts and flowers. Aside from individuals, small and large organizations, too, celebrate this day by hosting events which would bring people together. Different gifts shops, both offline and online, have special items that are designed especially to mark this very day. Since it falls on the Sunday, the rush with this day at various public gatherings is big. Restaurants and food chains state they offer discount rates towards the customers who visit their outlet on that very day. India is really a country where people are designed for building a business from every small thing, whether it be Friendships Day or Independence Day.
Though, a few dates continue to be unknown in India. Several associations are said to celebrate Happy Friendship Day on an entirely different day altogether. As an example, the International Friendship Day falls on July 30 whereas, Ohio celebrates Friendship Day on April 8 each year. In Brazil, the Friend’s Day falls on July 20 and then for Finland and Estonia, it lies on the day of Valentine’s Day, February 14. Peru celebrates its “El dia del Amigo” on the first Saturday of July each and every year. However, what remains constant in most these different dates will be the expression of love.
Interestingly, Friendship day is celebrated on different dates across countries. When in Oberlin, Ohio, Friendship Day is celebrated on April 8, after the World Friendship Crusade proposed July 30, 1958 because the first Friendship Day, recently the typical Assembly of the UN declared the date since the official day of celebrations. Yet some countries, including India continue to commemorate the festival on the first Sunday of August.
It all began once the founder of Hallmark cards, Joyce Hall, proposed the celebrations in 1930. Before that, Friendship Day was promoted through greeting cards, but eventually people realised it had been a gimmick to qgohlr consumerism. But in 1998, in honour from the holiday, Nane Annan, the wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, declared the adorable bear Winnie the Pooh since the global Ambassador of Friendship in the UN.
People particularly in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South American countries, now celebrate this present day by gifting the other person colourful bracelets that are known as ‘friendship bands’ in common parlance, cards, flowers and gifts to one another about this occasion. Furthermore, some people celebrate National Women’s Friendship Day on every third Sunday in September, every third week of May is celebrated as New Friends Week and February is called the International Friendship Month.