International Day of Friendship

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

International Day of Friendship

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International Friendship Day History

International Day of Friendship is an annual observance initiated by the United Nations (UN) as a means to promote friendship, solidarity, and understanding between individuals, communities, and countries. The day emphasizes the significance of fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect, both of which contribute to peace and global harmony. The observance highlights elements such as dialogue, trust, adherence to human rights principles, social inclusivity, and tolerance, which all serve to create the foundation for meaningful connections.

A vital aspect of the International Day of Friendship is its relevance to contemporary South African society. The celebration stems from the declaration made by the UN General Assembly in 2011, stressing the importance of friendships as a means to bridge gaps and promote unity. This is particularly poignant for South Africa, a country that remains internationally recognized for its past struggles against apartheid and its ongoing endeavors to foster a united rainbow nation. The day serves as an opportunity for South Africans to foster the spirit of Ubuntu—an African philosophy that emphasizes the interconnectedness of humanity—by forging and nurturing friendships across various sectors and backgrounds.

In South Africa, International Day of Friendship is observed by individuals, schools, organizations, and communities through various activities aimed at promoting unity among people. Events on this day may include cultural performances, educational programs, exhibitions, and interactive dialogues that encourage acceptance, understanding, and the fostering of strong relationships. South Africans also participate in various initiatives accommodating all ages and communities, as this serves to strengthen the nation’s cultural identity and appreciation for diversity. International Day of Friendship is celebrated annually on the 30th of July, enabling South Africans to continuously raise awareness and contribute to the building of harmonious and inclusive societies.

Facts & quotes 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.
  • Ubuntu is a southern African philosophy that emphasizes the idea of I am because we are, which reflects the interconnectedness of people and a spirit of sharing, supportiveness, and solidarity.
  • Sports also play a significant role in promoting friendship and unity in South Africa. Rugby, soccer, and cricket are popular sports in the country, and events such as the Rugby World Cup, have helped break down barriers and foster friendships among people from diverse backgrounds.

Top things to do in South Africa 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.
  • Plan a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. Spend the day picnicking, taking guided walks, and enjoying outdoor concerts with your friends at one of the world's most beautiful botanical gardens.
  • Explore Table Mountain in Cape Town. Enjoy a scenic hike or take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views of Cape Town alongside your friends.

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