Friendship Day, also referred to as ‘mitrata diwas’ in India, is celebrated on the first Sunday of August each year. This season, it will likely be celebrated on August 6 which is, for obvious reasons, a Sunday. How and why did this day fall on the first Sunday of August is for us to learn.

People are social animals and so that you can co-exist on earth, it is now mandatory for all of us to have friends. Friendship, a noble feeling, is among the best gifts to human kind and this day surely needs a celebration. Accordingly, in India as well as other countries, the first Sunday of August was declared being a special day committed to friends. From the time, the nation has become celebrating Friendship Day on August’s first Sunday every year, that is a remarkable festival here.

In India, greater than a day, it will be the feelings which can be more valuable to the people. Indians religiously celebrate this very day every year, showering their friends with gifts and flowers. Aside from individuals, small, and large organizations, too, celebrate this day by hosting events which will bring people together. Different gifts shops, both offline and online, have special items that are created especially to mark this very day. As it falls on a Sunday, the rush with this day at various public gatherings is huge. Restaurants and food chains claim to offer discount rates for the customers who visit their outlet on that very day. India is really a country where people are designed for building a business out of every small thing, whether it is Friendships Day or Independence Day.

Though, a couple of dates remain unknown in India. A couple of associations are said to celebrate Friendship Day 2018 with an entirely different day altogether. For instance, the International Friendship Day falls on July 30 whereas, Ohio celebrates Friendship Day on April 8 every year. In Brazil, the Friend’s Day falls on July 20 and for Finland and Estonia, it lies on the day of Valentine’s Day, February 14. Peru celebrates its “El dia del Amigo” on the first Saturday of July each year. However, what remains constant in most these different dates is the expression of love.

Interestingly, Friendship day is celebrated on different dates across countries. Whilst in Oberlin, Ohio, Friendship Day is celebrated on April 8, following the World Friendship Crusade proposed July 30, 1958 since the first Friendship Day, recently the General Assembly of the UN declared the date since the official day of celebrations. Yet some countries, including India still commemorate the festival on the first Sunday of August.

All of it began if the founder of Hallmark cards, Joyce Hall, proposed the celebrations in 1930. Before that, Friendship Day was promoted through greeting cards, but eventually people realised it was a gimmick to qgohlr consumerism. But in 1998, in honour in the holiday, Nane Annan, the wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, declared the adorable bear Winnie the Pooh as the global Ambassador of Friendship in the UN.

People particularly in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South American countries, now celebrate this present day by gifting the other person colourful bracelets that are classified as ‘friendship bands’ in common parlance, cards, flowers and gifts to one another about this occasion. Additionally, many people celebrate National Women’s Friendship Day on every third Sunday in September, every third week of May is celebrated as New Friends Week and February is called the International Friendship Month.