Gather up, friends! We will celebrate International Day of Friendship on 30 July 2018!
Friendship Day was originated by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards, a greeting card manufacturer company, in 1930. But the idea was not well-received by the consumers because it was deemed too obviously a commercial gimmick to promote greetings cards.
Then the idea of a World Friendship Day was first proposed on 20 July 1958 by Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho during a dinner with friends in Puerto Pinasco, a town on the River Paraguay about 200 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay. Afterwards, The World Friendship Crusade, an international foundation that promotes friendship and fellowship among all human beings, regardless of race, color or religion, was born. For years, the World Friendship Crusade has lobbied the United Nations to recognize 30 July as World Friendship Day. Finally, on 27 July 2011, the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 July as “International Day of Friendship”.
Before that, in honor of Friendship Day in 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations.
The International Day of Friendship is celebrated by exchanging of Friendship Day gifts like flowers and cards. Exchanging friendship bands, a decorative bracelet given by one person to another as a symbol of friendship, is also a popular tradition especially in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and parts of South America. You could also hang out with your friends, have a heart-to-heart talk with them, or make an album of your most intimate and special moments spent together!
Even if you do not celebrate the International Day of Friendship, you could still share the spirit by appreciating your friends who have been there for you through both good and bad times! Send them cards, gifts, cakes, anything, even as simple as a thank you message!
And on this year’s International Day of Friendship, Adora, Celly and Uni-Q like to thank all of you who have been good friends for us! Greatest appreciation for all of you who have been with Adorageek since the first day it is created. Only because of you, we at Adorageek can continue to share the celebrations and festivities from around the world!
Happy International Day of Friendship, to you, our great friends!