Grab your phone, jump on your bike, or fire up the Playstation for old time’s sake, it’s Friendship Day! The day of the year where friends from all over the world show appreciation for one another and remind you why they’re your very best bud. Whether you want to send a card, shoot over a text message, create a photo collage on Facebook, or go and see them in person, there is a way for everybody to celebrate Friendship Day. 

Learn about Friendship Day

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.

Muhammad Ali

Friendship Day is a day that is dedicated to celebrating just crucial platonic relationships are. Of all human relationships, most people would agree that friendships are the purest. A good friend is there for you in times of need. They share your happy moments and dark moments. As humans are the most social beings on earth, we have to connect with others and relate to them. This is why friendship is essential. 

Friendships play such an important role in all of our lives, and so it is only right that we honor them with Friendship Day. Of course, friendships aren’t easy! We all have our differences. Some friends argue all of the time, others have periods where they feel distant. This is normal. Life is lived at such a fast pace and we have so many different things going on. However, a true friend is someone you can speak to after time has passed and it feels like nothing has changed between you both. Friendships require work, but they are definitely worth it.

One of the great things about Friendship Day is it gives us the fact to celebrate our ability to come together as humans, despite our backgrounds, culture, or beliefs. We live in a much more integrated and multi-cultural society today, and it’s great to break down any preconceived barriers and learn more about people from different backgrounds. Meeting someone different from ourselves gives us the opportunity to break barriers and be closer as a society, and isn’t that something that is definitely worth celebrating?

History of Friendship Day

Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually, it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!), and in April 2011, the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August! Furthermore, with the rise of social media making us more connected than ever before, Friendship Day hashtags give everyone the chance to get involved no matter where they are in the world.

According to the Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.” 

While this might sound like too much red tape and bureaucracy when it comes to something as all-encompassing as Friendship Day, it is actually something to celebrate. The variety of cultures worldwide means that no one will celebrate this day the same, and that’s a marvelous phenomenon. The power of friendship is an international one that reaches out to all corners and cultures of the globe.

How to celebrate Friendship Day

There are no set rules on how to celebrate Friendship Day. The beauty of all friendships, whether tried and tested or new and burgeoning, is that each one is unique from the last. This gives you and your best buddies a blank slate to do whatever you want to do, within reason, of course, and celebrate it however you see fit, and how to honor the memories you have made together. 

The most important thing about Friendship Day is to be thankful. Start the day by being thankful for the close friends that you have in your life. This is the perfect day for you to spread the love and enjoy the feeling of being loved as well. After all, friendships are supposed to be a two-way thing. No matter whether it is you and your bestie or you have a close-knit group of friends, make sure you spend the day appreciating one and other. Close or far, you can always let someone know that you are thankful for their friendship. 

Taking a trip together to celebrate is an excellent way to make the day all about each other. You can visit places that mean something to you, whether that’s the beach where you first met or the scene of your most infamous exploits. Or, you can go to that one place where you promised each other you’d always go. 

With so many people living such busy lives, however, not everyone can plan a big day out for each other. But that’s what makes Friendship Day such a wonderful occasion. Best friends understand that life often gets in the way, so they won’t be disappointed if there’s no colossal celebration in their honor. Maybe next year, though?

Just a phone call checking in on them could morph into an hours-long conversation discussing life, the universe, and everything in between. For long-lost friends, this is a great way to catch up and spill all the secrets that don’t end up on social media. For friends who still keep in regular contact, it’s always a great way to learn about what each other had for lunch. 

Likewise, celebrating Friendship Day at school is easy, too. Students can write essays about what friendships mean to them, and why they consider their friends to be their best. Similarly, art, poetry, and other avenues are all ways to get kids thinking about what friendship is. 

You can also use Friendship Day as the perfect opportunity to repair a friendship that may have broken down. If you and someone you were close to have not spoken to each other for quite some time now because of differences, distance, or a disagreement, why not reach out to them on Friendship Day to try and repair the damage? You can sue the fact that it is Friendship Day to break the ice and ease into the conversation. Even if things don’t go how you want them to, you can take comfort in the fact that you reached out and tried.

So, today more than any other day is the chance to let all your besties, whether near or far, know how much you care for and appreciate them. It’s the chance to reach out to old friends, new friends, and even those you see every day of the week, and do something that celebrates what your friendship means to you.

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