According to Wikipedia, the first Sunday in August (August 1, 2010) is designated as International Friendship Day. Actually, here’s what they have to say:
The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National Friendship Day became an annual event. Following the popularity and success of Friendship Day in US, several other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated by several countries across the world. In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. Many friends wish each other with exchange of gifts and cards on this day. “Friendship bands” are very popular in India, Nepal, and parts of South America. With the advent of social networking sites, friendship day is also being celebrated online. The commercialization of the Friendship Day celebrations has led to some dismissing it as a “marketing gimmick“.
We’ve ‘celebrated’ Friendship Day since 1935. Where was I? Have you seen Happy Friendship Day cards, gifts or events? The amazing relationship that makes us healthier, happier, less stressed, live longer and feel more beautiful and we ‘celebrate’ it by it being just another day. Hmmm – I think there’s an opportunity there to spread the word and start bringing friends together. (Kinda our goal here at Girlfriendology!) Let’s reconnect with friends and to step forward in showing our ‘girlfriend gratitude.’ (Join me? Share how you’re celebrating Friendship Day in the comments below or on our Facebook page!) Let’s not be the country who started the movement then ‘dropped the ball’ in celebrating it. Plan a celebration of friends, with your buy prozac online friends, in honor of this 2010 Friendship Day – and share your photos and stories here on Girlfriendology.
How do you feel about Winnie the Pooh as the Ambassador of Friendship? (Okay, I’d prefer female representation since typically female friendships bring so many benefits to women and our families and communities – but I don’t have a better recommendation. Do you? Share below!) Don’t get me wrong. Anyone who says the following is okay in my book as a friendship ambassador:
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart – I’ll always be with you.”
And, I’m not going to address that “marketing gimmick” comment. Friendship isn’t a marketing gimmick. It’s the amazing relationship of people who share our lives, divide our cares, double our joy and who make the passing of time a pleasure. It’s laughter, tears, hugs, and (-: (for those digital relationships). They’re the ones who believe we’re brave, strong and smart. And, thankfully, they’re always with us – in personal or in spirit.
Celebrate your friendships – on International Friendship Day and all year. And share your celebrations here and on our Girlfriendology Facebook page. Spread the friendship inspiration. Because, together we really can make the world a better place – one friendship at a time.
More Friendship Day blog posts:
- 10 Ways to Celebrate International Friendship Day
- The Ambassador of Friendship Day – Winnie the Pooh
- 2009 International Friendship Day – don’t you wonder who added the ‘marketing gimmick’ comment to Wikipedia?
- National Women’s Friendship Month – why do we celebrate friendship?