International Friendship Day may be a celebration that you’ve not heard much about previously, however, it’s been around in different guises for over 90 years. The International Day of Friendship is now a special day that the UN champions to promote friendships Internationally across diverse backgrounds and cultures. But isn’t it great to have a day where we can all wish our friend, around the corner or around the world a ‘Happy Friendship Day’? Whilst the day is a UN observance and not a public holiday, the United Nations (UN) see it as an important day that brings the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures to the fore, they want the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity. The day is observed on July 30th each year. The UN proclaimed the day in 2011, it is now recognised as an annual event. Some friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of gifts and cards on this day. Asia enjoys the day where friendship bands are very popular especially in India, Nepal, Bangladesh as well as parts of South America. With the advent of social networking sites, International Friendship Day is being celebrated online, we’ll be having a selection of images available on our Facebook page to electronically send all your friends a vertical bouquet of flowers https://www.facebook.com/bfaflorist Needless to say should you wish to send your friends actual flowers find your local professional florist on our find a florist tool above. There’s no question the pleasure that is brought by giving flowers, we’ve reported in the past of how much we all enjoy flowers in our article ‘Flowers are good for you - and we now have the scientific proof; They make us happier than we know!’ With our recent blog ‘Flowers Reflect Personality - Choosing the Perfect Flowers Every Time!’ we give you all the advice that you’d need to have flowers arranged that are beyond special styled specifically for the recipient. ‘Friendship Day’s’ history goes back to 1920 when it was promoted by the greeting card National Association, the date was then chosen to be 2nd August chosen to be the centre of the largest lull between holiday celebrations. Whilst the concept was a great idea - a day when people celebrated their friendships by sending cards, it was understandably met with consumer resistance and seen as a commercial gimmick to promote greetings cards. At this time Europe didn’t take it up and by 1940 availability of ‘Friendship Day’ gift cards in the US had all but stopped. However, it has been kept alive in Asia, where several countries adopted it. There is also an ambassador of the day; In honour of Friendship Day in 1998, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nane, named Winnie the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations!
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