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Friendship Day
You must be celebrating Friendship Day each year, but may not know where it all started. Explore history & origin of Friendship Day.

Friendship Day History

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!