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NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY – First Sunday in August

National Friendship Day - First Sunday in August

National Friendship Day – First Sunday in August

NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY

National Friendship Day is observed annually on the first Sunday in August.  According to the National Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

CELEBRATE

Get in contact with your friends for a chat or visit. Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.

HISTORY

National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards.  By 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations, and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!

DATES
August 3, 2014
August 2, 2015
August 7, 2016
August 6, 2017
August 5, 2018

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