International Friendship Day

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AKA NameFriendship Day
Hashtags#FriendshipDay
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2020 Date30 July 2020
2021 Date30 July 2021
International Day of Friendship

International Friendship Day History

International Friendship Day is a day to appreciate and promote friendships. One goal of this observance is to bridge the gaps between race, color, religion and other factors which keep humans from fostering friendship with one another. According to the UN, one purpose of this observance is to promote the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 with the intent of building communities and helping move towards world peace. The United Nations encourages governments, groups and organizations to host activities and events that promote dialogue, acceptance and understanding between people of different backgrounds. This day is promoted by the UN as being observed July 30th, but is also observed on the first Sunday of August in many countries.

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International Day of Friendship Facts & Quotes

  • In 1998, the UN Secretary's wife, Nane Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the Ambassador of Friendship at the UN.
  • People who are more socially connected to family, friends, and community are happier, healthier, and live longer than people who are less well connected. - Robert Waldinger, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School based on his study.
  • The International Day of Friendship is an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today's world. It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering sustainable development. - UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, 2013.
  • Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. - Woodrow Wilson
  • Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. - Muhammad Ali

International Friendship Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • 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.
  • Practice Random Acts of Kindness on strangers and make some new friends.
  • Smile at everyone you meet today, they may be your new best friend.
  • Dedicate a song on the radio to your friends.
  • Take pictures of yourself with your friends having fun together.

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