International Day of Friendship

Quick Facts - GB

AKA NameFriendship Day, World Friendship Day
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2024 Date30 July 2024
2025 Date30 July 2025

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International Friendship Day History

International Day of Friendship is observed annually to promote the role of friendship in fostering peace, understanding, and unity among diverse communities and cultures. Recognising the power of friendly relations, this global celebration highlights the importance of fostering inclusive societies where people can live together in harmony. By encouraging solidarity, cooperation, and dialogue, the International Day of Friendship aims to bring people closer and reduce tension, while also advocating for social integration and promoting tolerance.

The idea for the International Day of Friendship originated from the World Friendship Crusade, a non-governmental organisation founded in Paraguay in 1958. The United Nations General Assembly later proclaimed the international event in 2011, acknowledging the need for promoting friendship among individuals, countries, and cultures to inspire peace efforts and bridge divides. In the United Kingdom, the International Day of Friendship further resonates as it celebrates the nation's diversity and pluralism. Recognising the importance of fostering healthy relationships in the UK's multicultural society, the day promotes friendships that can contribute to a more harmonious, inclusive and tolerant environment.

To observe International Day of Friendship in the United Kingdom, various events and initiatives are organised that encourage meaningful connections among diverse communities. These events often involve cultural exchanges, community gatherings, and educational activities designed to raise awareness about the value of friendship and its positive impact on society. The International Day of Friendship is observed annually on July 30th.

Facts about International Day of Friendship

  • In 1998, the UN Secretary's wife, Nane Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the Ambassador of Friendship at the UN.
  • It's been proved that we can catch happiness from our friends. A Harvard study suggested that if a person becomes happy, a friend living close by has a 25% higher chance of becoming happy too.
  • Studies show that the quality of friendships during adolescence could predict mental health in adulthood.
  • British people are known for their reserved nature, which can sometimes make it challenging to initiate new friendships.
  • Regardless of how they are formed, British people consider friendships an essential element of their lives. Friends provide emotional support, companionship, and add an essential social aspect to their lives.

Top things to do in the UK for this observance

  • Let every one of your friends know how much you appreciate them - with a card, a letter, a phone call, an email, a text, etc.
  • Perform random acts of kindness for strangers and make some new friends.
  • Arrange a group visit to a popular tourist attraction, like the Tower of London, the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, or the Roman Baths in Bath.
  • Organize a picnic or BBQ in a local park, such as Hyde Park in London, or any of the numerous National Trust parks across the UK.

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