World-wide Friendship Day is observed every year on the 30th of July. It is a time to express one’s gratitude and love for another. This special day is dedicated to showing and spreading friendship. It originated in Great Britain when the English parliament declared May as International Friendship Day in 1998. It was later adopted by the allied nations and became a global day of celebration.
History of International Friendship Day
The friendship between nations is a concept that is not new. It has been existing since quite some times and it was also expressed in the format of friendship back then. The concept of International Friendship Day was first proposed by the allied nations in their bid to win the war against the evil Third Reich. It is believed that this particular idea was first proposed by Winston Churchill during a speech that he gave in Congress in America in the early nineteen-seventies.
After the Second World War had passed, Winston Churchill went on to become the Prime Minister of England, while his government continued to promote world peace. He also formed the Commonwealth Scientific Association and International Amateur Chemistry Workshop. However, all these efforts did not help and World War III broke out. It was on that date that the first Sunday was declared International Friendship Day. The allied nations wanted the world to celebrate the establishment of the institution of friendship between nations, and so they decided to make it a national day.
The first World Friendship Day was proclaimed in 1958 and it was celebrated on the first Sunday of July. Many international organizations were involved in the celebration and they were declared the “Friendship Partners”. They celebrated this occasion with various events and activities. The most notable of these was the “Friendship Day Festival” in Rome, which was attended by almost all the top politicians and celebrities.
A new idea was evolved for a World Friendship Day that was declared 30 July every year. This time the festival was to be held in the neutral country of Switzerland. The idea was to celebrate friendship between Switzerland and Great Britain and so it was declared as International Friendship Day. When it became clear that Switzerland would not be able to participate in the official definition of the festival, a new idea was adopted and that is the idea of holding a World Friendship Day Festival outside the country.
Friendship Day Celebrations
Today, International Friendship Day is observed in different countries across the world. There are different international friendly day parades, and there are also numerous social and educational programs that are organized to mark this special event. In the United States, the Friendship Day parades are considered important and impressive events.You can use our Status, Quotes, Messages, Greetings for best wish to your friends.
Since United States does not participate in any political controversies and is not known to have strong bilateral ties with any specific country, this makes the festival an exceptional event. Many nations around the world celebrate International Friendship Day on the fourth Sunday of July with great pomp and show. Some of the most popular nations that celebrate this festival include France, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Germany.