I am convinced that friendship, in a global world such as this, is a must, especially for building bridges of friendship and understanding thus inspiring encounters. The diversity and different points of view need not be an impediment to work collaboratively with each other.
The bond of relationships is part of our journey through this world. It’s everything. We need friends like the air we breathe, but friends also require our support. It is a continuous and permanent reciprocity. There is no greater satisfaction than to feel protected, valued and understood by our own community.
To mark Friendship Day, the United Nations invited all Member States, international and regional organizations and civil society, to hold events or activities that contribute to the efforts of the international community to promote dialogue between civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Friendship Day aims to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
The General Assembly designated 2011 as the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and presents an opportunity to build bridges between communities.
In April 2011, the United Nations declared 30 July as the Friendship Day, a separate event designed to “strengthen friendship between peoples and cultures.”
Friendship Day was originally conceived by the greeting card company Hallmark in 1919 as a day for friends to exchange cards. In 1940 the celebration was almost gone, but has been revived in recent years, especially in Asian countries like Singapore and Australia.
Friends may be present in times of crisis and celebration, as the death of a loved one or a happy occasion like a wedding. We have friends and family, when we need support, companionship and counseling at different stages of our life.
Friendship is an integral part of our lives and our happiness. Friends come in all shapes and sizes and offer different things. Some friendships are forged in childhood, when people tend to make friends for life.
Friendship Day is a celebration to commemorate friendship worldwide. Such a celebration takes place during the second Sunday of August every year; the goal of this day is to reflect on the friendships that are important to us as individuals.