National Best Friend Day

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2024 DateJune 8, 2024
2025 DateJune 8, 2025

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National Best Friend Day is a special occasion that honours the bond and cherished memories shared between close companions. It emphasizes the importance of these connections, as they provide support, love, and a sense of belonging. The Observance encourages people to express gratitude, cherish moments spent together, and create new memories with their dearest friends.

Though National Best Friend Day originated in the United States, it quickly gained momentum across the border, sparking celebration in Canada. Canadians value the significance of the occasion as it promotes the spirit of camaraderie and unity among people. Research has indicated that strong friendships may improve mental and physical health, and National Best Friend Day provides an opportunity for Canadians to nourish these vital relationships in their lives.

During the Observance, Canadians often participate in various activities to acknowledge and celebrate their friendships. This may include organizing get-togethers or crafting heartfelt messages for the special friends in their lives. Gifting small tokens of affection, sharing photos or memories on social media, or simply spending quality time together are some of the ways Canadians express their gratitude for their best friends. National Best Friend Day is celebrated annually on June 8th.

National Best Friend Day facts

  • According to anthropologist Robin Dunbar of the University of Oxford, anytime a new close friend or lover enters into your life, it displaces two others in your close circle, typically a family member or friend.
  • A study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that the average friendship duration among college students was around seven years.
  • Research has shown that individuals with strong social support networks, including close friendships, tend to have better mental health, lower stress levels, and improved physical well-being.
  • Canadian culture places a high value on friendships, with many Canadians believing that strong friendships are necessary for a happy and fulfilling life.
  • The city of Saint-Lambert, Quebec, hosts an annual Friendship Day celebration with a variety of activities like friendly sports competitions, live music, and food.

Top things to do in Canada for National Best Friend Day

  • Spread awareness about the holiday using the hashtags #nationalbestfriendday, #NBF, #bff and #besties.
  • Have a picnic in the park with your best friend. This can be at a park or in any open space so you can both enjoy the great weather.
  • Celebrate National Best Friend Day by watching a Canadian film about friendship. Here are our top picks:
    1. Highway of Tears (2015) - A documentary that examines the disappearance and murder of Indigenous women along a stretch of highway in British Columbia, focusing on the strong friendships and community support.
    2. The Rocket (2005) - A biographical drama about Canadian hockey legend Maurice Richard and his close friendship with his teammates.
    3. Goin' Down the Road (1970) - A classic Canadian drama about two friends from the Maritimes who move to Toronto, exploring themes of friendship and the pursuit of a better life.
  • Enjoy a relaxing outdoor meal with your best friend in one of Canada’s many beautiful parks, like Stanley Park in Vancouver or High Park in Toronto.

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