On Friendship Day, everyone celebrates the bond of friendship. Every year, on the first Sunday of August, it is celebrated worldwide as well as in Odisha. In 2023, it will be celebrated on the 6th of August.
The merrymaking of Friendship Day started in the US in 1919, based on the idea put forward by Joyce C. Hall, founder of Hallmark cards. The objective of the celebration was to dedicate a day for the bond of friendship.
The idea of honoring friendship has been appreciated by people in many countries of the world. Over the passing years, the festivities related to Friendship Day have become even more colorful. The exchange of gifts, flowers, friendship bands and greeting cards has become an important part, rather, a tradition of Friendship Day.
Although the idea of Friendship Day started in 1919, the first World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958. But it is only on April 27, 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations officially declared July 30 as International Friendship Day.
Another development in information technology is sending SMS text messages to convey wishes to loved ones on ceremonious occasions like Friendship Day. Now, sending wishes is not just limited to greeting cards, letters, or e-mailing. You can stay in touch with your long-lost friends, by sending timely wishes to them, via SMS, on every occasion, including Friendship Day.
Over the decades, there is a shift in the celebration of Friendship with the easy accessibility of social networking websites. People now stay connected with friends and send Friendship Day wishes to mark the essence of the day.
Friendship Day 2023 is an ideal occasion to strengthen the bond of friendship and cherish the wonderful moments spent or enjoyed together.