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.


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Story : Love @ Reaching Distance

FlowerA man stopped at a flower shop to order some flowers to be wired to his mother who lived two hundred miles away.

As he got out of his car he noticed a young girl sitting on the curb sobbing.

He asked her what was wrong and she replied, “I wanted to buy a red rose for my mother and I don’t have enough money.”

The man smiled and said, “Come on in with me. I’ll buy you a rose.”

He bought the little girl her rose and ordered his own mother’s flowers.

As they were leaving he offered the girl a ride home. She said, “Yes, please! You can take me to my mother.”

She directed him to a cemetery, where she placed the rose on a freshly dug grave.

The man returned to the flower shop, canceled the wire order, picked up a bouquet and drove the two hundred miles to his mother’s house.

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Estranged Masterpiece

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An Art never understands an artist’s feeling like the artist does!

Once upon a time there lived an artist, who drawn a beautiful painting. He regarded that as his masterpiece work, which carried all his dreams and love for arts. One day, miraculously the painting has become alive and admired it’s own beauty. Got pride about self more and the art decided, it deserves a better place to live and went to a rich man’s palace. The rich man hardly understood the art, but just kept it in his collections. The art realized the value of its creator, who understood it, admired it everyday with a smile and happiness inside him. But the time’s gone. The artist has given up his mind and cannot paint another masterpiece and passed his remaining days of his life.

There are many artists and paintings among us. Estranged: Parents, Friends, Beloved ones, Soulmates, Brothers, Sisters, etc. We forget who truly value us and get lured away by worldly things. But we realize it later when the time moves forward and exposes the reality. We let go like the artist or go away like the art.

Time to think and return to our beloved ones. Acceptance is the essence of life.

– Words by Din

Image Courtesy : Morteza Katouzian (See more of his arts here Amazing Arts and Artists : Paintings by Morteza Katouzian)

Haiku | Love #1

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Miracle love
Yin and Yang
You and I
Us…

Curse fate
Us
You and I
Yin and Yang.

Love Miracles…

                   Din

Powerful Quote #65 : Problem Solving

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There exists no problem unsolvable, when you truly want to solve the problem. Ignoring is no bliss!

– Words by Din