Monday, August 1, 2011

Friendship Day!

"Count your life with joys, not tears
  Count your age with friends, not years"

On my Facebook wall, there are too many posts of friendship day wishes. So I have searched some information about friendship day and have posted here!

I cannot find the clear history about from when celebration of friendship day started. But there are numerous folktale about friendship from the beginning of civilized world. In the Hindu epic Mahabharata, there are too many colors of friendship shown by different character. There is a famous story of friendship between Lord Krishna and Sudhama. In the Old Testament (Bible), 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” (Ex 33:11).

In modern time, Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1919, and intended to be a day where people celebrated their friendships by sending cards. The first Sunday in August was chosen as the centre of the largest lull in holiday celebrations. Friendship Day was promoted by the greetings card National Association during the 1920's. The US Congress decided to designate the first Sunday of the month of August as Friendship Day and with a formal proclamation in 1935, officially declared the occasion a holiday dedicated in the honour of friends and friendship. Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated in a number of countries across the world.Friendship Day has come to be celebrated in a big way in India.Following their counterparts in the west, youth in India too mark Friendship Day by participating in Friendship Day parties or organizing bashes for their friends.

Finally on 27th April 2011 during the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembley of the United Nations, 30 July was unanimous designated as International Day of Friendship, following a petition of several countries in the context of the UN Culture of Peace Agenda. As the UN Resolution exposes, the target of this day is to promote the international understanding, the respect for diversity and a culture of peace, between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals.

A friendship is all above the Distance, Color, Cast, Nationality etc. You can create peaceful world by loving and treating every person on the world as your friend! That is the true humanity! Happy Friendship Day!

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