International Day of Friendship
~ July 30, 2020
International Day of Friendship was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UN). On July 30, we step back and get thankful for those relationships worldwide, as they promote and encourage peace, happiness and unity. The UN encourages governments, community groups and other organizations to coordinate activities and events that celebrate those friendships that we keep close to us. Many events focus on reconciliation, bridging understanding and consensus, and finding comfort in those that feel like home.
We live in a tough world. Between miscommunications, mistreatment, lack of trust, discrimination and cultural discord, prioritizing peace seemingly has less of presence in global society. There really is no reason for the world not to exist in some harmonious form. We have the United Nations to thank for helping to remind us all that there is some good in this world. We were first introduced to International Day of Friendship in 2011; this special day goes beyond connecting people and builds bridges among cultures, countries, and even ideologies.
Friendship and connecting is synonymous with bonding, and building those common bonds goes beyond sharing a trait, characteristic or favorite past time with another person or group, but also includes promoting a global commitment and understanding of diversity and inclusion. Even in our differences, we can find common ground. Physical appearances, differences of opinions, political views, tastes, music and more are not reasons to separate people. Relationships are bigger than that, and the UN works to promote kindness and togetherness every July.
Celebrating friendships through something as simple as a brief note, to a coffee hang out, a concert or a trip to the mall are all ways to find commonalities. Again, we do have more in common that we all realize.
Before the UN made its designation, the very first World Friendship Day was proposed in 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, which is an international civil organization that campaigns to foster peaceful culture through friendship.
Why we love International Day of Friendship
It is a day committed to diversity, inclusion and appreciation—Inclusivity is a huge part of the day. International Day of Friendship aims to include any and all and embrace others that may appear different than us.
There are both big and small ways to celebrate your friendships. Beyond sending cards, you can give flowers or merely spend time [safely] with someone important to you. Time is all we have; and once it is gone, we never get it back.