Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friendship Day Messages
This Friendship Day honour your friends and let them know how special they are to you with a cute and heartfelt Friendship Day Message. To enable you to reach out to your friends and also share the sweetness of your friendship with others we have dedicated this page to you and your friends. Send in a straight from the heart Friendship Message for your friends and we promise to post it on this Friendship Day Message page in this site dedicated to friendship.

Friendship Day History
There is not much literature on Friendship Day history as we celebrate today. However, there are numerous folktales and several instance in mythological legends that shows that friends and friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world. As an intrinsically social creature, men love to make friends to further this process of socialization.

 History of Friendship Day in US
Considering the valuable role friends play in our life it was deemed to fit to have a day dedicated
to friends and friendship. The United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday
of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National Friendship 
Day became an annual event. The noble idea of honoring the beautiful relationship
of friendship caught on with the people and soon Friendship Daybecame a hugely popular festival.

Following the popularity and success of Friendship Day in US, several other countries 
adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically
celebrated by several countries across the world including India.

In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship

Importance of Friendship in Bible
The Bible, the primary text of the western civilization, reflects upon friendship as the bond that
forms the foundation to human faith, trust and companionship. Following verses from the
bible aptly portray the importance of friends 
“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Besides, there are several tales from the Old Testament and the New Testament about the value of
friendship and how true friendship is a treasure to unearth. A noticeable point is that, both the versions
make a difference between the two broad meanings of friendship- one is a mere
acquaintance,the other is a more affectionate relation.

Friendship Day in India
Friendship Day has come to be celebrated in a big way in India. The noble idea of honoring 
friends and friendship has really caught on with the youth in India and one can see the 
festival being enthusiastically celebrated by the youth especially, students.
Day Dedicated to Friends 
 In tune with the spirit of the occasion
people dedicate Friendship Day festival to their best friends. Most choose to celebrate the entire day in the loving company of their dearest friends. Recollecting sweet memories of the time spent together and catching up with their lives over a cup of coffee is the idea of ideal Friendship Day celebration for many.
Friends separated by geographical distances, call up their friends to express love and warmth for 
each other and to wish a "Happy Friendship Day". With more and more people getting hooked to the
net, many people also choose to chat with their friends with the help of Internet. Sending SMS and Friendship Day e-cards is another popular way of greetings friends.

Friendship Day Celebrations in Schools and Colleges
Friendship Day celebrations are particularly marked in schools and colleges in India. Euphoria of the 
day sets in days before the festival as everybody gets excited to wish their best friends in their 
own special way. Children make Friendship Day Cards or other special gift to thank their
friends for their wonderful presence in their life. Exchange of Friendship Bands is the other
most prominent feature of Friendship Day celebrations. Friends vie with each other as to who gets
the most stylish band or who gets the maximum number of bands.
In several colleges, special programs are also organized to mark the occasion. Most of these
programs and events intend to give youth an opportunity to dance and sing with friends and have a good time.

 Friendship Day Parties
Following their counterparts in the west, youth in India too mark Friendship Day by participating
in Friendship Day parties or organizing bashes for their friends. Major crowd for Friendship 
Day can be seen in discotheques and pubs where people dance with friends on fast 
pace music and cherish the loving company of their pals. Such parties also give
youth a chance to make new friends and widen their friendship circle. At present 
such bashes are more popular in metros and other big cities, however, 
youth in small towns too are warming up to the 
idea of partying on Friendship Day.

Commercialization of Friendship Day
Just as in US and several other countries, Friendship Day has been commercialized to a great extent 
in India. Days before the festival, gift marketers run an extensive campaign to lure the people to buy 
cards and gifts for their friends. Restaurateurs too try to entice people by offering special discounts 
or holding bashes. Several people criticize such excessive campaigning. They feel commercialization 
has marred to the idea behind observing Friendship Day and has turned it into a mere formality. 
Some people however feel that advertising campaign has helped to generate awareness about 
Friendship Day festival and the idea of having a day dedicated to friends.
If someone asks me what is friendship? I would sit next to you, pull you close to me, put my 
arms around you and say proudly this is friendship.. thanks for being a wonderful friend.
Your the kind of friend that only heaven could have sent

"I appreciate all the things you do, and the way you show you care."

"Our frienship has become "HABIT". If u take out "H".. "ABIT" remains, even you take out "A".. "BIT" remains, now even remove "B".. "IT" remains."
"Of all the friends I've ever met. Your the one I won't forget. And if I die before you do I'll go to 
heaven and wait for you."

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FRIEND in different languages…
Iranian – DOST
German – FREUND
Herbew – CHAVER
French – AMi
Pinoy – KAiBiGAN
Dutch – VREND
Mexican – AMiGO


friendship day quotes-
” Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends. “
- Mary Catherwood
” Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. “
- C. S. Lewis

” Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success. “
- Oscar Wild

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