Friendship Day 2023: Date, History, Quotes

Friendship day celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year in most of the countries and in India, this year it will celebrate on 6th Aug 2023

8/5/20232 min read

group of people holding mugs
group of people holding mugs

The journey of Friendship Day has been one of celebration, appreciation, and the acknowledgment of the vital role that friendships play in our lives. Here's a brief overview of the journey of Friendship Day:

Early Beginnings:

The concept of celebrating friendships dates back to ancient civilizations. The idea of dedicating a day to honor friends and the bond they share can be traced to several cultures and traditions. However, the modern concept of Friendship Day as we know it today began to take shape in the 20th century.

Founding of Friendship Day:

The credit for the modern inception of Friendship Day goes to Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark Cards, who proposed the idea in 1930. He wanted a day to celebrate friendships and encourage people to send cards to their friends. However, the idea didn't gain significant traction at that time.

International Friendship Day:

The International Friendship Day that we recognize now was established by the United Nations in 2011. The UN designated July 30th as International Friendship Day, with the idea of promoting friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals as a way to inspire peace and bridge differences.

Different Dates in Different Countries:

It's interesting to note that various countries celebrate Friendship Day on different dates. For example, in the United States, Friendship Day is observed on the first Sunday of August. In India and several other countries, it falls on the first Sunday of August. In some parts of Asia, including Malaysia and Singapore, it's celebrated on the first Friday of August.

Celebrations and Traditions:

Friendship Day is celebrated in various ways across the world. People exchange gifts, cards, and tokens of appreciation with their friends. Social gatherings, parties, and outings are common ways to commemorate the day. With the advent of technology, digital messages and social media posts have become popular mediums for expressing friendship.

Quotes for friendship day:

  1. "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." - Walter Winchell

  2. "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C.S. Lewis

  3. "Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together." - Woodrow Wilson

  4. "A true friend is someone who is always there during the ups and downs, I'm lucky to have you as my friend."

  5. "Friendship is not about whom you have known the longest, it's about who came and never left your side."