When is Friendship Day 2022? Date, Significance, History and Importance of Friendship Day


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When is Friendship Day 2022? Date, Significance, History and Importance of Friendship Day

Friends are the souls that keep us sane in the madness of our everyday life. They share our joys and sorrows and even become our confidants. It is impossible to be happy without the presence of friends. With friends by our side, life gets easier. One can't imagine life without friends. To celebrate this beautiful bond, we have a day dedicated to it and therefore we celebrate Friendship Day every year, on the first Sunday of August in India. This year, Friendship Day will be celebrated on August 7.

Significance of Friendship Day

This day is significant because it marks a day that should be dedicated to friends as they are an integral part of our lives. This is one day that gives us the opportunity to thank our friends, bury the hatchet with the friends we fought with and well too simply let them know that we are thankful for them.

How is this day celebrated?
Friends meet up, enjoy a good lunch or dinner or spend the day together. GThey tie a friendship band and gift each other something which could be a chocolate or even something that a friend desired to buy for her/himself. It is all about the camaraderie. A funny dance at home, video games together or even reminiscing old days is a part of the Friendship Day celebration. In school, kids celebrate it by making greeting cards for each other along with a Friendship band where the knots in the band signify the everlasting and strong friendship between two individuals.

History of Friendship Day
Friendship bands became popular in the 1980s. They came into the picture when there was a huge protest around the disappearance of Mayan Indians and peasants in Guatemala. These bands were also used in political rallies. The origin of these bands is credited to the indigenous folks of Central and South America. But a lot of people also trace its history back to China from 481 to 221 BC.

For those who don’t know, there is a very famous and interesting folklore around this friendship band. It is believed that when you tie a band on to the wrist of your friend as a symbol of friendship, you have to make a wish at that moment. The band is not supposed to be removed until it gets worn out on its own like the sacred threads in Hindu religion that are tied on our wrist after a puja. And when it falls off, the wish that you had made gets fulfilled.

Importance of Friendship Day
Humans are all about socialising but at different degrees. We need people around us even if we like solitude. Amid that, having a trusted friend is very important for our own emotional growth. This is why even as babies when we cannot talk, our parents start bringing us to play school or have get togethers where there are other kids for us to meet and play with. So that we learn to care and share. One can't imagine not having a friend be it during a crisis or at the highest moments of our lives. You end up sharing so many things with a friend that you can't even think of sharing with your parents or even your partner. Therefore, friends hold a very special place in everyone's hearts. This day solidifies that special bond or relationship with our friends. It is an affirmation of the fact that there is real friendship between two individuals and it is not for any selfish motive. During these days people befriend each other for vested interest. They use others to get their work done therefore holding onto poure friendships has become even more important in today’s time. You can never be a good friend to anyone if you are selfish and befriend someone with that intention. Sooner or later, someone else will also do the same to you and you will be left lamenting.

A lot of people say that the purest form of friendship can be seen among children and since they have not seen the real world yet, they are the best examples of pure friendship. This is why, you would realise that childhood friendships last long. It is believed that if you have been friends for over 10 years then there are chances of it to last a lifetime unless you let your ego in.
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