International Friendship Day
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Love is blind; friendship tries not to notice. --Otto Von Bismark
Considering the valuable role friends play in our life it was deemed fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday of August as the  National Friendship Day. The noble idea of honoring the beautiful relationship of friendship caught on with the people and soon Friendship Day became a hugely popular festival around the globe.The first World Friendship Day was proposed for 30 July 1958. On 27 April 2011 ,the general Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as official International Friendship Day. However, some countries, including India, celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August. 

It is one day of the year we can say thank you to our friends. The  tradition  began in the USA in 1935 and has slowly spread around the world. The U.S. Congress declared Friendship Day as a national celebration.  It still has a way  to go before it is as popular as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. On Friendship Day people spend time with their friends and exchange presents. Some people send cards, write special songs or bake friendship cakes. One great way to celebrate is to make  a  poster or create an album about your friend or friends. Perhaps include Winnie the Pooh on it because the United Nations made Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1997. 

We start friendships almost from the time we can walk. Everyone has special childhood friends, and some of these become lifelong friends. We usually meet out  best friends early on in our life. Best friends usually stay best friends forever.  Nowadays the Internet has changed the way we make friends. Many people strike up  friendships online.  The Web is also useful to find long-lost friends. There are many sites to find old friends.

Happy friendship day.


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