Know : History of Friendship Day

Please be there for your friends when they need you, some may ask, some may not. The day when you stand for each other is the true friendship day! – Din

Friendship dayInitially created by the greeting card industry, evidence from social networking sites shows a revival of interest in the holiday that may have grown with the spread of the Internet, particularly in India, Bangladesh, and Malaysia.

Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930, intended to be 2 August and a day when people celebrated their friendships by sending cards. The second of August was chosen as the centre of the largest lull between holiday celebrations. Friendship Day was promoted by the greeting card National Association during the 1920s but met with consumer resistance – given that it was too obviously a commercial gimmick to promote greetings cards. By the 1940s the number of Friendship Day cards available in the US had dwindled and the holiday largely died out there. There is no evidence to date for its uptake in Europe; however, it has been kept alive and revitalised in Asia, where several countries have adopted it.

In honor of Friendship Day in 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. The event was co-sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public Information and Disney Enterprises, and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford.

Some friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of gifts and cards on this day. Friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh 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”. But nowadays it is celebrated on the first Sunday of August rather than 30 July. However, on 27 July 2011 the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 30 July as “International Day of Friendship”.

The idea of a World Friendship Day was first proposed on 20 July 1958 by Dr. Artemio Bracho during a dinner with friends in Puerto Pinasco, a town on the River Paraguay about 200 miles north of Asuncion, Paraguay.

Out of this humble meeting of friends, the World Friendship Crusade was born. The World Friendship Crusade is a foundation that promotes friendship and fellowship among all human beings, regardless of race, color or religion. Since then, 30 July has been faithfully celebrated as Friendship Day in Paraguay every year and has also been adopted by several other countries.

The World Friendship Crusade has lobbied the United Nations for many years to recognise 30 July as World Friendship Day and finally on 20 May, General Assembly of the United Nations decided to designate 30 July as the International Day of Friendship; and to invite all Member States to observe the International Day of Friendship in accordance with the culture and customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.


Courtesy : Wikipedia


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Story :) Oppan Gangnam Style


Laila was so nervous and tensed about her first appearance on TV as a news reporter.

There goes the count, 3, 2, Go…

“Good evening this is Laila…”

Psy

Oppan Gangnam Style… Eh… Sexy Lady.. Op.. Op.. Op.. Oppan Gangnam style…

The entire crew burst into laughter. 🙂

“Oh.. Crap, they turned this into a blooper! Who are those idiots dancing in the background? Hey, get out, don’t you have eyes?” the camera man shouted.

The Gangnam Run

The Gangnam Run

Laila turned back to see what was happening behind her. But those ‘Psy’ dupes shown their back and ran away in Gangnam style. She could not control laughing.

“Ok. Come on lets continue, 3, 2, Go”

“Good evening this is Laila… …” She completed her first video with a big smile on her face, thanks to those idiots for changing her tension. The crew congratulated Laila.

With a sense of relief she took her mobile to inform her friends about it. There was a message.

“We know that you are so nervous, we wanted you to smile and get relaxed, so… Oppan Gangnam Style 🙂 :P” 

– Din

Have your friends done anything like this to cheer you up? 😉 


Powerful Quote #132 : Distance between Two Souls

Hardships

There is no better scale than a hardship to measure the distance between two souls.

– Words by Din

Inspire : Anything for love

What you do when you come to know that your friend is diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

On February 2014, one of Gerdi McKenna’s friends wrote an email requesting a photoshoot for all her friends as she was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months before. When She Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, Her Friends Decided To Do A Photo Shoot. Here’s What Happened.

Share it with your everyone; spread love and kindness

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Story : Perfection is a myth in any Relationship : Learn to accept as well as change.

This is a must read story for everyone. It’s a worthy read. Do not forget to share with your friends if you like this 🙂 (use the social icons below)

There lived two good friends and others always find them inseparable. They hardly misunderstood each other, even if anything occurs they solve it immediately and move on happy for the next day.

“I read in a magazine, a while ago, about how we can strengthen our friendship.” the first friend said. “Each of us will write a list of the things that we find a bit annoying with the other person. Then, we can talk about how we can fix them together and make our lives happier together.”

The other friend agreed, so each of them went to a separate room in the house and thought of the things that annoyed them about the other. They thought about this question for the rest of the day and wrote down what they came up with.

The next morning,  they decided that they would go over their lists.

“I’ll start,” the first friend took out the list.

It had many items on it enough to fill 3 pages, in fact. As the first friend started started reading the list of the little annoyances, the tears were starting to appear in the second friend’s eyes.

“What’s wrong?” asked the first.

“Nothing” the second one replied, “keep reading your lists.” The first one continued to read all three pages and said “I am done, Now, you read your list and then we’ll talk about the things on both of our lists.” happily.

perfectionQuietly the second friend stated,“I don’t have anything on my list. I think that you are perfect the way that you are. I don’t want you to change anything for me. You are true, lovely and wonderful and I wouldn’t want to try and change anything about you.”

The first one, touched by the honesty and the depth of the love and acceptance. Later realized what is true companionship and changed the bad attitude of seeing the negatives and started appreciating the positives.

Even the second friend, valued the feedbacks and changed many things which are really the facts.

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The moral is this could not be only between friends, it could be between kids and parents too, especially between husband and wife mostly applicable. 

Misunderstandings are so common among relationships. If we truly value the relationship, we should be able to accept as well as change certain things in ourselves. Also if we try to accept as whole as possible we can reduce the conflicts. 

Note: In order to maintain a gender equality we kept the total story in a neutral way suiting any two persons of any gender.