“No man is an island.” This idea manifests itself in the way we people live in this world. Certainly, no one can live alone, and in the instance where an individual is not accompanied by anyone and yet he lives, he, however, still does not live. He merely survives in the world, and such is not living, in every sense of the word. Everybody needs someone, his family and of course, his friends. With this, it becomes important not only to treasure one’s friends in his heart mind but he must also make sure that his friends actually feel the love and gratitude he has for them and the celebration of the Friendship Day may be one of the ways where this can be done.
In all honesty, it is not necessary to have a specific day allotted in making one’s friends feel treasured but with the course of one’s daily life, it becomes inevitable that he busies himself with work or school that he may forget to pause and think about his friends. This is why having a Friendship day and celebrating it in an enthusiastic manner helps an individual to make his gratitude and love to his friends be known. That being said, the following are the top 10 interesting facts about the Friendship day.
10. The evergreen song by Beatles
The song “With a Little Help from My Friends” was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon was for their drummer Ringo Starr. This song was released with their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts. It was also curiously released in the year 1967 in line with the celebration of 10th International Friendship day. To date, there are at least 50 cover versions for the song and has topped the British singles charts three times by Joe Cocker (1968), Wet WetWet (1988) and Sam & Mark (2004). The song was eventually ranked no. 311 on the Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
9. Old friends and New Friends week is celebrated in third week of May
In some parts of the United States, the Friendship day is celebrated in the third week of May as the National New Friends and Old Friends Week. This is in relation to the International Friendship day which is celebrated on the first day of August. While it is great to make new friends, it also best to keep the relationships with old friends in good terms for having more friends will make one’s life worthwhile. This is the reason why during this week people should celebrate, remember and honor their old friends and cherish and treasure the new ones as well.
8. In Mahabharata, friendship day was celebrated in province of Ayodhya
Mahabharata, one of the two major epics of ancient India, contemplates the celebration of the friendship day in the province of Ayodhya. The story of the epic focuses on the struggle of two branches of family, the Kaurava and the Pandava families, for the throne of the kingdom ofHastinapura ruled by the Kuru clan. The culmination of this struggle happened in the great battle of Kurukshetra whereby it creates conflicts of friendship, kinship as well as family loyalty. The celebration of the friendship day is shown whenSudama, Lord Krishna’s friend, finally arrived in his kingdom after a long journey.
7. Trending Friendship day custom includes greeting friends with yellow or pink roses
One of the common practices during Friendship day is the giving of yellow and pink roses to one’s friends. Yellow roses are generally considered as a token of friendship. The color yellow is generally associated with warmth and optimism. This is why a yellow rose is deemed to express gratitude to one’s friends, for lifting one’s spirits and wishing for another’s general well-being. A pink rose, on the other hand, expresses one’s gratitude and feelings of sweet feelings. It also represents the giver’s joy and happiness in his relationship with his friends. Pink roses also connote gentleness as well as gracefulness.
6. International Friendship month by United Nations
The celebration of Valentine’s Day in February is very popular and common across all cultures. Aside from the Valentines, however, the United Nations also designated the month of February as the International Friendship month. This is to promote the role of friendship in the encouragement of peace among nations. There are many activities by which friendships may be celebrated all throughout the month such as making crafts together with friends, going out with the friends for good times or simply hanging out together. What matters is that friends spend time with one another so that the essence of friendship may be pondered and reminisced by the people.
5. The Pooh a famous cartoon character was World’s Friendship Ambassador in year 1997
The very lovable bear created by A.A. Milne was announced the World’s Friendship Ambassador in the year 1997. Winnie the Pooh, together with the gang from the 100 Acre Wood, is known for the everyday silly antics. Pooh and his friends, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo go about their everyday lives in the 100 Acre Woods. The honey-loving, poem-making, Winnie the Pooh in particular is an embodiment of a person who is always tries his best for the benefit of his friends and is always there for the when needed, making him a highly eligible ambassador for the promotion of friendship.
4. Every year third Sunday of September is celebrated as World’s Women Friendship Day
The Kappa Delta sorority established in 1897 in Farmville, Virginia with a membership of over 180, 000 first celebrated the National Women’s Friendship Day. The National Women’s Friendship day was created by women for women in 1991. There is no official congressional record proclaiming this a national holiday, there are, however, a number of proclamations from the governors of several states in the US supporting the Women’s Friendship. This holiday is celebrated every third Sunday of September every year. During this day, it is encouraged that women celebrate with their fellow women friends and let one another know how much they treasure one another.
3. Friendship day became popular in Malaysia and Bangladesh because of social networking sites
Prior the advent of the digital era, the companies who publish greeting cards are the ones mainly responsible for the promotion and marketing of the Friendship day. With the ever increasing interest of the people in the Internet, or social networking sites for that matter, the Friendship day became more popular with the proliferation of various posts and greetings on that day. This is especially true for the people in countries Malaysia and Bangladesh. With the convenience of greeting one’s friends in social media outlets, it has also become easier for people to celebrate Friendship day hence making the holiday more popular among the citizens of the digital world.
2. The Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August in India
The Friendship Day has become a very big thing in India where it is celebrated by many people in the country. Friendship day is typically celebrated in India on the first Sunday of August, however, there is yet to be a fixed date for the celebration of Friendship day in India. The idea of treasuring and honoring friends and friendship has really become a great deal with the Indian youth as manifested by the celebration of Friendship day in an enthusiastic and grand manner especially among the students which is commonly spent with going out and hanging out with friends.
1. World Friendship Day every year was first given by Dr. ArtemioBracho
Dr. ArtemioBracho was the proponent of the idea of having a World Frienship day every year. This idea was proposed during a dinner with his friends on July 20, 1958. Ten days after the inception of the idea, the Friendship day was celebrated in a function held and organized in Puerto Pinasco, a small town in Mexico City. This is the very reason why the United States and its neighboring countries celebrate the Friendship Day on the 30th of July every year for the commemoration of the very first Friendship Day organization. The World Friendship Crusade of Dr. ArtemioBracho basically promotes friendship among all humans regardless of race, color or religion.