There is not much literature available on Friendship Day history as we celebrate today. However, there are different types of stories and several instances in mythical legends that shows that friends and friendship between people have been valued since the beginning of the civilized world.
As a fundamentally social creature, men love to make friends to further this process of socialization. People love being together. As a result, they make friends be happy, to share their stories.
A friend is a person who makes you happy, who help you when you are in difficulties. When you are feeling alone, a friend will help you to no being apart; he will make you think that you are not alone I am here for you buddy.
A friend in need is a Friend Indeed
Friendship day is a day when friends celebrate their friendship together. They make wishes for their friends as well as they give gifts to their friends. We will talk about the histories of Friendship Day.
When I said histories; you might get confused about that. However, I am clearing this for you; there are several myths and stories are available regarding this Friendship Day.
We will try to accumulate all the stories available here and there to make you understand the story of the History of Friendship Day. Let’s not wait and get started.
Why and When is Friendship Day celebrated
In the year 1930, a person named Joyce Hall, also a businessman who invented various Hallmark cards to introduced the concept of Friendship Day where people would love to celebrate a day with their friends and can share cards with each other.
However, he chose the day of August 2 as the date for the celebration, why he decided that day this remains unknown. Later some time, people started to understand that this was a commercial and promotional scheme and the holiday soon died out in the 1940s.
The date remains unknown, but people from different countries in Europe and Asia started the celebration of Friendship Day and adopted the custom in their country.
On July 20, 1958, Dr. Ramon Artemio Brach, during a dinner with his friends in Paraguay, proposed the idea of Friendship Day and later, this resulted in the formation of World Friendship Crusade.
The Crusade promotes the feeling of friendship, unity, and fellowship irrespective of religion, race, color, caste, and creed.
The World Friendship Crusade then convinced the United Nations to recognize July 30 as World Friendship Day. The UN-Secretary General, Kofi Annan, announced Winnie the Pooh as the ambassador of friendship.
United Nations celebrates International Friendship Day on July 30. Moreover, several countries like India, celebrate Friendship day on the first Sunday of August.
History of Friendship Day in the US
Considering the significant role friends are playing in our lives, it reasoned to adequate to make a day dedicated to friends and friendship. In the year 1935, the United States Congress announced the first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day.
Since then, a celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event. The noble idea of honoring the beautiful and valuable relationship between friends found on with the people and with a rapid exploration Friendship Day became a hugely popular festival.
Succeeding the popularity and success of Friendship Day in the US, many other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Today, Friendship Day is unreservedly celebrated by several countries across the world including India.
In the year of 1997, the United Nations named Winnie – the Pooh as the world’s First Ambassador of Friendship.
Importance of Friendship in the Bible
The Bible, the primary religious book of the western civilization, imitates upon friendship as the bond and trust that forms the foundation of human belief, faith, and togetherness. Following verses of the bible apparently portraits the importance of friendships and friends:
Ask gently, and it will be given to you; find, and you will find; knock, and the door will open for you.
Countless love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Besides, there are several tales from the Old Testament and the New Testament about the value of friendship and how true friendship is a treasure to unearth. The obvious point is that both the versions make a difference between the two broad meanings of friendship- one is a mere acquaintance, the other is a more affectionate relation.
In the Old Tribute, Abraham is called the “friend of God” because of the intimacy of his relations. God speaks to Moses’ face to face “as a man, unto his friend.
The romantic and beautiful friendship of Ruth and Naomi is known to everyone, the piety of the secondary Hushai for David, or the friendly relation between David and Jonathan – the Old Testament is abounding with these interesting myths of friends and friendship.
Several New Tales are saying that the relationship between Jesus and his disciples depicts how human friendship can continuously grow. From being, a teacher and disciple to lord and servant their relationship finally evolved into a unique bond.
Importance of Friendship in Mahabharata
In the famous Hindu Religious Book ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna demonstrates the many colors of friendship – brotherhood, affection, romance, intimacy protection, guidance, and even teasing.
Always remember Friendship is all about these and one should maintain these significances in their life so that their friends are also can held of those essential elements of friendship.
Importance of Friendship in Islam
Friends are an essential and important part of our life as they contribute heavily to what a person makes happier of his or her life. That is the reason why Islam also speaks about friendship and its significance in human life. Islam concedes the importance of friends in one’s life.
Therefore, it emphasizes the selection of the right friends. The lines below discuss the importance of friends in the light of Islam and what different criterions should a Muslim follow about the matter of making friends.
“And (remember always) the moment of the day when the evil one shall bite his hands saying: Oh! Would that I had taken away with the Messenger! O woe is me! Would that I had not taken such a one for a friend! Certainly, he led me astray from the reminder after it had returned to me. Oh! The Evil One always is but a traitor to man!.” (25:27-29)