The 30th of July marks the International Day of Friendship. This special day celebrates friendship all over the world and was first introduced in 1935 by the US Congress. They chose the first Sunday in August to honour friends. Quite recently, in 2011, the United Nations declared the 30th of July the International Day of Friendship. To mark this day the UN encourages governments, international organisations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community in terms of promoting a dialogue between nations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Although the International Day of Friendship is known around the globe, it is especially popular in India and Malaysia. Friends give cards or pink or yellow roses to each other, or simply spend some time together – because that’s what friendship is about!
It is believed that this special day was introduced after the First World War because there was a greater need for friendship and mutual understanding, among nations as well as individuals.
So why not show your friends how much you appreciate them and their friendship by spending some time together this 30th July?