Happy Friendship Day is celebrated/observed on First Sunday of August every year. Happy Friendship Day is a day which directly links the emotions, sentiments and even passions of the people. In 2018 Happy Friendship Day comes on August 5, in 2019 Happy Friendship Day comes on August 4 and in 2020 Happy Friendship Day falls on August 2 . To celebrate Happy Friendship Day noble feeling it is the exact time to dedicate it to your friends and friendship.
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Happy Friendship Day is a day designed to foster friendships and bridge the gaps between race, color, religion and other factors which keep away humans from enjoying friendship with one another. The impact of scientific inventions and discoveries has transformed the face of world and turned this whole terrestrial globe into a little neighborhood. Today, in such a global society, it is essential that the leaders of tomorrow should respect, include and understand world diversity. Currently many countries including India are celebrating Happy Friendship Day. If this day is not there than the dream of a peaceful world will become a mirage.
Some Organizations celebrate Happy Friendship Day in an entirely different time of the year but with the same idea behind the celebration.
- Old and New Friends week = Third week of May
- International Friendship Month = February
- National Friendship Day (Happy Friendship day in India) = First Sunday of August
- Women’s Friendship Day = Third Sunday of August
On the first Sunday of August, India celebrates Happy Friendship Day.
In Argentina, Happy Friendship Day on 20 July. Due to this day everyone have a friendly gathering and give warm greeting to both current and old friends. As Happy Friendship Day is not an public holiday therefore people tend to gather during the evening.
Happy Friendship Day is becoming very popular day by day as a result recently huge mass wished there near and dears through mobile phone and gave them e-cards. Seats in most restaurants, bars, and other establishments are often completely booked a week before the celebration.
In 2007 since the death (19th July) of the Argentine cartoonist and writer Roberto Fontanarrosa in 2007, a proposal has raised to change the date to 19 July.
In Brazil, Happy Friendship Day is celebrated on 20 July every year.
Finland and Estonia
In Finland and Estonia Valentine’s Day is celebrated as Happy Friendship Day.
In Paraguay, 30 July every year is celebrated as Happy Friendship Day. On this day everyone in Paraguay give presents to their close friends and loved ones. People enjoy their time by Organizing parties and celebrating this day in bars and nightclubs. The game of the Invisible Friend (Amigo Invisible) is considered a tradition, in which small sheets of paper with names are given to all members of a group, each of them secretly selects one, and on 30 July gives a present to the person on the paper. This custom is practiced in both schools and workplace.
In Peru since 2009 First Saturday in July every year is celebrated as Happy Friendship Day. Objective behind this is to recognize true friendship and make it little different from Valentine’s Day.
How to celebrate Happy Friendship Day?
Happy Friendship Day is celebrated with an idea to build up gaps, friendship and fellowship among people, religion, race, nations, caste, etc. On this Friendship day people exchange gifts, flowers and cards to honour their friends. In some countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and parts of South America friendship bands are very famous. So in these states people give their buddies friendship band to make them feel special on this eve of friendship day.
Some people don’t have much time to meet there close buddies so they wish there close friends through social networking sites. In this way Happy Friendship Day is celebrated online. On this Happy Friendship Day people specially host programmes and get together just to enjoy time together.
Below are some points which will help us in celebrating and will give some ideas regarding how to celebrate happy friendship day? :-
- Let everyone of your friends know how much you appreciate them – with exchange of gifts and cards, a letter, a phone call, an email, a text, whats app, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, etc
- Practice random acts of kindness on strangers and make some new friends.
- Smile at everyone you meet today, they may be your new best friend.
- One can dedicate a song to friends on the radio.
- Take pictures of yourself with your friends having fun and enjoy time together.
- People can exchange Friendship bands with each other which are very popular in countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh and some parts of South America.
- One can plan a one day trip along with close ones.