Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. A day dedicated to friends and companions, it's the time when you cherish the loveliest relationship you possess, the commitment which marks the foundation for all relationships. Though we celebrate Friendship Day each year, we may not be well acquainted with the background of the day. In fact, very few people are aware of the history and origin of Friendship Day i.e. how it came into existence. If you want to explore the background of the day, read on.
The tradition of celebrating Friendship Day started primarily in the
West. In the year 1935, U.S Congress announced the first Sunday of
August as the National Friendship Day. They realized the importance
which friends play in each ones life and thus dedicated a special day
for friends. The idea soon caught up in other countries as well, as even
they realized the importance of honoring friends. Following the
tradition, Friendship Day is today celebrated in by several countries
across the globe.
In 1997, Winnie the Pooh was appointed as the world's Ambassador of
Friendship. While the day officially came into existence in the year
1935, a glimpse into numerous folktales and mythological legends prove
the importance of friendship since time immemorial. In Bible, the
importance of friends is clearly visible from the Old Testimonial, when
Abraham is referred to as the "Friend of God" and the
relationship of Lord Jesus and his disciples in the New Testimonial
depicts the value of friendship.
In the famous Hindu epic Mahabharata, Lord Krishna also displays all
the emotions of friendship. The beautiful idea of celebrating a day for
friendship has been gaining momentum ever since the inception of the
relationship and today, it has acquired the status of being one of the
major festivals celebrated by people at large. People all around the
globe pay tribute to their friends for being there whenever it was
needed the most. Use this special day and make all your friends know
that you care!