Friendship Day 2012
Friendship Day On First Sunday Of August……
Human beings are social creatures and have always valued the importance of friends in their lives. To celebrate this noble feeling it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. Accordingly, first Sunday of August was declared as a holiday in US in honor of friends by a Proclamation made by US Congress in 1935. Since then, World Friendship Day is being celebrated every year on the first Sunday in the month of August.
Since friends play valuable role in our life it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. The tradition of dedicating a day in honour of friends began in the US in 1935. Gradually, the festival gained popularity and now the day is celebrated across the world including India. The day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August.
On this day people spend time with their friends and express love for them. Exchange of Friendship Day gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands are a popular tradition of this occasion.
It may be noted that Friendship Day celebrations are held on different dates in different countries of the world. The first World Friendship Day was proposed on July 30, 1958 in Paraguay. On April 27, 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 30 as official International Friendship Day.
There is not much literature on Friendship Day history, but there are numerous folktales and several instance in mythological legends that show that friends and friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world.
In the famous Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna demonstrates the many colours of friendship – affection, romance, brotherhood, protection, guidance, intimacy and even teasing. Friendship is all about these and much more.