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    History of Friendship Day

    The tradition of celebrating Friendship Day began in

    1935 when the US Congress decided to dedicate a day

    in the honor of friends.



    Though it is not known exactly what were the

    reasons that went into the making of this day,

    the retrospection of the world scenario of those times

    can lead us to an understanding.



    With the devastating effects of the First World War

    still showing and increasing hostilities, mistrust and

    hatred between countries providing the perfect conditions

    for another imminent battle, there was a greater need

    for friendship and camaraderie not only among nations

    but also among individuals.

    Hence, the US Congress decided to designate the

    first Sunday of the month of August as Friendship Day

    and with a formal proclamation in 1935, officially

    declared the occasion a holiday dedicated in the honour

    of friends and friendship.

    Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day

    became an annual event. The lofty idea of honoring

    the beautiful relationship of friendship caught on

    with the people, particularly the youngsters all over

    the country, and in no time Friendship Day became

    a highly popular festival.

    But the success of this wonderful occasion was not

    to be limited to the US alone.

    With time, several other countries followed suit

    in adopting the tradition of dedicating a day to the

    cause of friendship.

    The beautiful idea of having a day in the honor of

    friends was joyously taken over by several other countries

    across the world.

    With more and more nations joining in

    the celebrations, Friendship Day soon became

    International Friendship Day.

    Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated

    every year by many countries.

    The occasion is observed on the first Sunday

    of every August.

    The traditional celebrations include meeting with

    friends and exchanging of cards, flower and gifts

    Many social and cultural organizations also celebrate Friendship Day by hosting programs and

    get togethers.

    Special performances by rock bands are also organized

    in countries like the US to enhance the jubilations.

    In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh,

    the famous cartoon character as the world's Ambassador

    of Friendship.

    It is interesting to note how some associations observe

    Friendship Day with different customs, by giving the

    festival different names and holding it in times unlike

    that of the actual festival.
    For example, National Friendship Day is held on the

    first Sunday in August; Women's Friendship Day is on the

    third Sunday in August; the third week of May is the

    old friends, New Friends Week and the whole of February

    is designated as the International Friendship Month.

    These days, Friendship Day is celebrated with a lot of

    fanfare and great expenses. Just as in US and several

    other countries, the festival has been greatly

    commercialized.

    Days before the festival, card and gift companies

    launch an extensive campaign to lure people into buying

    cards and gift items for their friends.

    Companies indulge in aggressive marketing to target

    youngsters, the main celebrators of festivals as these,

    and entice them into purchasing expensive articles for

    their pals. Restaurateurs too offer special discounts to

    make the most of the time.

    This marketing strategy has been severely criticized

    by many people and is a subject of debate every year.

    Many feel that such rampant commercialization has

    marred the very concept of Friendship Day and has

    turned it into a mere formality.

    Many on the other hand think that greater hype and

    hoopla around the occasion has helped to generate

    awareness about Friendship Day festival which was

    till recently a low-key affair (compared to occasions as

    "Mother's day" and "Father's Day")

    and thus promote friendship and brotherhood.

    The popular customs of Friendship Day includes handing

    over roses, especially the pink and yellow ones.

    The day is observed with great exhilaration and merriment,

    with friends throwing parties, gorging on lip-smacking

    dishes and drinking hard (be it at home or at restaurants

    that offer special discounts for this occasion).

    A highly popular thing associated with the day is the

    well-known Friendship Band - the modern day token

    of friendship that friends gift to one another to form

    an everlasting bond.

    Friendship bands are favorite items for youngsters

    and are available in stores all over the country.

    Girls go in for friendship bracelets instead of the

    conventional friendship wristbands.

    Friendship Poems and Friendship Day Gifts are

    exchanged between best friends to renew the bond

    of friendship and express gratitude and

    love for each other.

    These are new ways of celebration of this day that the

    GenX has invented.

    Since its inception in 1935, Friendship Day and

    Friendship Day celebrations have come a long way.

    But however much the ways of celebration have changed,

    the basic idea behind the occasion remains the same.

    Friendship Day remains the time when you acknowledge


     


    your friends' contribution in your life, express love

    for them, cherish their presence in your life and

    pay them a tribute.

    Today, Friendship Day is being celebrated around

    the globe, across diverse cultures and social segments.



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    very nice info............thanks for sharing friend.....i really didn't know abt it

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    Nice info. though I dont believe in dedicating days for certain relations. I dont know how many will agree with my point.

    @ Hunain, my friend I was in the impression that u dont understand english. Were u pretending or u dont know exactly the language. No offence meant what so ever.

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    nice info.

    yesterday one of my frnd told me that tomorrow is frnship day. So i thought 2nd august is frndship day.
    but now facts r clear. THANK YOU HUNAIN.

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    Re: History of Friendship Day

    Quote Originally Posted by hunainraza
    The tradition of celebrating Friendship Day began in

    1935 when the US Congress decided to dedicate a day

    in the honor of friends.



    Though it is not known exactly what were the

    reasons that went into the making of this day,

    the retrospection of the world scenario of those times

    can lead us to an understanding.



    With the devastating effects of the First World War

    still showing and increasing hostilities, mistrust and

    hatred between countries providing the perfect conditions

    for another imminent battle, there was a greater need

    for friendship and camaraderie not only among nations

    but also among individuals.

    Hence, the US Congress decided to designate the

    first Sunday of the month of August as Friendship Day

    and with a formal proclamation in 1935, officially

    declared the occasion a holiday dedicated in the honour

    of friends and friendship.

    Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day

    became an annual event. The lofty idea of honoring

    the beautiful relationship of friendship caught on

    with the people, particularly the youngsters all over

    the country, and in no time Friendship Day became

    a highly popular festival.

    But the success of this wonderful occasion was not

    to be limited to the US alone.

    With time, several other countries followed suit

    in adopting the tradition of dedicating a day to the

    cause of friendship.

    The beautiful idea of having a day in the honor of

    friends was joyously taken over by several other countries

    across the world.

    With more and more nations joining in

    the celebrations, Friendship Day soon became

    International Friendship Day.

    Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated

    every year by many countries.

    The occasion is observed on the first Sunday

    of every August.

    The traditional celebrations include meeting with

    friends and exchanging of cards, flower and gifts

    Many social and cultural organizations also celebrate Friendship Day by hosting programs and

    get togethers.

    Special performances by rock bands are also organized

    in countries like the US to enhance the jubilations.

    In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh,

    the famous cartoon character as the world's Ambassador

    of Friendship.

    It is interesting to note how some associations observe

    Friendship Day with different customs, by giving the

    festival different names and holding it in times unlike

    that of the actual festival.
    For example, National Friendship Day is held on the

    first Sunday in August; Women's Friendship Day is on the

    third Sunday in August; the third week of May is the

    old friends, New Friends Week and the whole of February

    is designated as the International Friendship Month.

    These days, Friendship Day is celebrated with a lot of

    fanfare and great expenses. Just as in US and several

    other countries, the festival has been greatly

    commercialized.

    Days before the festival, card and gift companies

    launch an extensive campaign to lure people into buying

    cards and gift items for their friends.

    Companies indulge in aggressive marketing to target

    youngsters, the main celebrators of festivals as these,

    and entice them into purchasing expensive articles for

    their pals. Restaurateurs too offer special discounts to

    make the most of the time.

    This marketing strategy has been severely criticized

    by many people and is a subject of debate every year.

    Many feel that such rampant commercialization has

    marred the very concept of Friendship Day and has

    turned it into a mere formality.

    Many on the other hand think that greater hype and

    hoopla around the occasion has helped to generate

    awareness about Friendship Day festival which was

    till recently a low-key affair (compared to occasions as

    "Mother's day" and "Father's Day")

    and thus promote friendship and brotherhood.

    The popular customs of Friendship Day includes handing

    over roses, especially the pink and yellow ones.

    The day is observed with great exhilaration and merriment,

    with friends throwing parties, gorging on lip-smacking

    dishes and drinking hard (be it at home or at restaurants

    that offer special discounts for this occasion).

    A highly popular thing associated with the day is the

    well-known Friendship Band - the modern day token

    of friendship that friends gift to one another to form

    an everlasting bond.

    Friendship bands are favorite items for youngsters

    and are available in stores all over the country.

    Girls go in for friendship bracelets instead of the

    conventional friendship wristbands.

    Friendship Poems and Friendship Day Gifts are

    exchanged between best friends to renew the bond

    of friendship and express gratitude and

    love for each other.

    These are new ways of celebration of this day that the

    GenX has invented.

    Since its inception in 1935, Friendship Day and

    Friendship Day celebrations have come a long way.

    But however much the ways of celebration have changed,

    the basic idea behind the occasion remains the same.

    Friendship Day remains the time when you acknowledge

    your friends' contribution in your life, express love

    for them, cherish their presence in your life and

    pay them a tribute.

    Today, Friendship Day is being celebrated around

    the globe, across diverse cultures and social segments.


    nice

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    kooolllll info ji....keep up the kool work

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    Thank U So Much G

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    u r most welcome....

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    hmmmmm

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