International Friendship Day is celebrated every year on 30 July. Friendship Day was initiated in 1958 in Paraguay: at a meeting with friends, Dr Artemio Bracho suggested establishing a day to celebrate friendship. This gave rise to the initiative “Cruzada Mundial de la Amistad”. Independently of this, Friendship Days were celebrated on different days in other countries. In 2011, the day was proclaimed the “International Day of Friendship” by the United Nations and has been celebrated worldwide ever since.
On Friendship Day, the important meaning of friendship is to be commemorated. It is about friendship between people, but also about friendly relations between individual countries and cultures. According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Day of Friendship is intended to strengthen universal humanity and promote the well-being of humankind. The day should be celebrated in accordance with cultural customs.
To commemorate this day, activities can be organized and events can be held to help strengthen the international community and help promote mutual solidarity, understanding, and reconciliation. Every individual can help celebrate friendship on this day, for example by taking time to do something with friends or by showing friends how important their friendship is and how much it is valued.
A clear definition of the term friendship is difficult because it is often used with different meanings and subjectively interpreted in different ways. Friendship Day can thus also be interpreted in different ways. A friendship is a positive relationship between people who then call each other friends. The cornerstones of this relationship are trust, appreciation, and affection. Friendship can take on different weights and be composed of different elements.