1 August 2010: Friendship Day-the celebration of a beautiful relationship

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From Sources: Eugene Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network


Sunday, 1 August 2010: Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships that has evolved since the beginning of the human race. Other than immediate blood relations, friends are the most valued persons in ones life. Friendship usuallydevelops with  the same age agroups with more or less identical nature and interests. Friends usually spend whatever time they find in pursuing their common interests, confiding in each other about their joys and sorrows and coming to the help of those who are in need emotionally or otherwise. It is but natural that one particular day in a year has been set aside to celebrate this beautiful relationship.

The first Sunday in the month of August has been designated as the Friendship Day. This year, Sunday being on 1 August, 2010, the first day of the month, Friendship Day is being celebrated throughout the world on 1 August.  

The tradition of celebrating Friendship Day began in 1935 when the US Congress decided to dedicate a day in the honour of friends. It is not known exactly what were the reasons that went into the making of this day. However in retrospect, it may be said that the  the world scenario of those times had something to do with this idea of friendship Day. With the devastating effects of the First World War still showing and increasing hostilities, mistrust and hatred between countries providing the perfect conditions for another imminent war, there was a greater need for friendship and understanding not only among nations but also among individuals.

Hence, 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. The lofty idea of honoring the beautiful relationship of friendship caught on with the people, particularly the youngsters all over the country, and in no time Friendship Day became a highly popular festival. 

This beautiful idea of celebrating Friendship Day was joyfully accepted by several other countries across the world. Today, many countries including India, celebrate the first Sunday of August as Friendship Day every year. Celebrating Friendship Day in a traditional manner, people meet their friends and exchange cards and flowers to honour their friends. Lot many social and cultural organizations too celebrate the occasion and mark Friendship Day by hosting programmes and get together.


It is interesting to note how some associations observe Friendship Day with different customs, by giving the festival different names and holding it in times unlike that of the actual festival. For example, National Friendship Day is held on the first Sunday in August; Women’s Friendship Day is on the third Sunday in August; the third week of May is the Old Friends, New Friends Week and the whole of February is designated as the International Friendship Month.

These days, Friendship Day is celebrated with a lot of fanfare and great expenses. Just as in US and several other countries, the festival has been greatly commercialized. 

Days before the festival, card and gift companies launch an extensive campaign to lure people especially the young ones into buying cards and gift items for their friends. The popular customs of Friendship Day include handing over roses, especially the pink and yellow ones, tying of ribbons of various colours and even writing messages on white dresses and even on hands and arms. This has been a common practice among college students in urban areas such as Mumbai. The day is observed with great exhilaration and merriment, with friends throwing and attending parties.

Since its inception in 1935, Friendship Day and Friendship Day celebrations have come a long way. However, though the ways of celebration of the day have changed, the basic idea behind the occasion remains the same. Friendship Day remains the time when you acknowledge your friends’ contribution in your life, express love  and affection for them, cherish their presence in your life and pay them a tribute. 

Bellevision wishes a Happy Friendship Day to all our esteemed readers and well-wishers who are our valued friends.





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sameer, pune Mon, August-2-2010, 4:12
a loving memory of ur smiling face...a frnd like u can never b replaced....deep in my heart ull always stay, truely rememberd everday....happy frndship day...( speacially dedicated to all my speacial frnds of my life.....)
vinay, vinay Sun, August-1-2010, 12:13
Very special to all friends.
ajay pandey, lucknow Sun, August-1-2010, 10:18
ajib dastan hoti hai dosti ki,ladna milne se bhi acha hota hailadke manane wale bhi hote h kuch to kuch ko chidhana acha lagta hai . dost ko mujh se se kuch sunsne ke liye kabhi juk jana bhi acha lagta hai. safr train ka ho ya jindagi ka khatm nahi hoti batie phir bhi khamosh rahkar muskarna acha lagta hai 4 dosto mein lagta hai mil gayi poori dunia . baki sab bhool jana acha lagta hai . yaro hamesha sath rahna plz. kyuki hame tumhara yaran acha lagta hai @ HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY@
himanshu vijay khujner, khujner Sun, August-1-2010, 10:00
hello friends happy friendship day
salma, pune Sun, August-1-2010, 9:54
friends are the mirror of life
shoaib ahmed khan, hyderabad Sun, August-1-2010, 9:50
happy friendship day 2 all my friends.
RINKU, DELHI Sun, August-1-2010, 9:47
trupti, nasik Sun, August-1-2010, 9:12
it is very nice artical.i rellu like
Neeshu, Gurgaon Sun, August-1-2010, 9:08
Happy Friendship Day....This is the only relation which we make ourself rest all r God gifted...
yash rajpurohit, sokra jaipur Sun, August-1-2010, 9:07
“A daily thought…, A silent tear…, A Constant wish that u r near..,. Words are few but thoughts r deep…, Memories of our frenship i’ll always keep!!”
yash rajpurohit sokra, jaipur Sun, August-1-2010, 8:59
Wish U A Very Happy Friendship Day. Thanks A Lot 4 Being My Dearest Friend. From yash rajpurohit sokra
balaji talarwar, nandeed Sun, August-1-2010, 8:44
good friendship and life
miteshsahani, mitesh Sun, August-1-2010, 8:34
Thank you for our friendship For it means so much to me, Your kindness and understanding And loving ways you share so free. Thank you for being beside me When I needed someone that cared, And thank you for all your loyalty For the times together we shared. Thank you for our friendship For it s something even money can t buy, Thank you for holding me tightly When there was a need I had to cry. Thank you for always smiling When I couldn t smile at all, And thank you for boosting my ego For the times I felt so small. Your friendship I cherish so deeply So this message to you I send, May God bless and always watch over you And may you always remain my friend.
Rathin, Agartala Sun, August-1-2010, 8:24
Happy frndship day 2 all of u.....
Sonu, pune Sun, August-1-2010, 8:00
Plz send me all detail. I am dumb and deaf happy friendship day!
Manish parmar, Ahmedabad Sun, August-1-2010, 7:26
Please mail me with all festibal details along with good slogan.
vinit kulkarni, Sun, August-1-2010, 7:10
I am dumb and deaf Happy Friendship Day!
Puneet Dhir, Guru Har Sahai Sun, August-1-2010, 7:00
Friendship is the most important thing in the world. no body lives alone.All peoples have there friends and only true friends are very less which does not leave his friend at any of cost because a FRIENDSHIP is costless.
Deepak Bista, Adelaide, Australia Sun, August-1-2010, 7:00
It is nice to know the history of the Friendship day.
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