INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP
Internationational Day of Friendship on July 30th encourages forging friends near and far. Core to developing strong friendships worldwide is the hope of a growing spirit of human solidarity.
The day encourages making friends and building relationships with people outside of your own culture, country, or background. Through these relationships, a culture of peaceful and mutual understanding develops.
Aristotle classified the kinds of friends we develop into three categories:
- Utility friendship – co-worker, a business partner in which the purpose of the friendship is a mutual objective.
- Pleasure friendship – a person whom others enjoy being with because they have a quick wit or an uplifting attitude. A person with whom the purpose of the friendship is to explore a mutual pleasure such as fishing, bowling, or other hobbies.
- Good friend – mutual respect, and admiration for each other’s qualities, though there may be differences.
Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle
Since the day explores friendships across cultures, set aside preconceived notions. Be patient, as language barriers may slow down the conversations, but it won’t stop it.
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayOfFriendship
- Call or write a note to that friend you’ve not heard from in a few weeks or longer.
- Host a dinner party with friends from different communities or cultures.
- Play a board game or card game with someone who has recently immigrated. The game will facilitate learning both language and culture.
Share your international friendships on social media by using #InternationalDayOfFriendship.
Both good friends and old friends will help you move. Only one though, will help you move – a dead body. – unknown
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP HISTORY
In 1919, Friendship Day began as a greeting card promotion. By 1940, it had disappeared. The United Nations proposed a worldwide initiative in 1997 to establish an International Friendship Day. In 2011, the United Nations official proclaimed the day to inspire peace efforts and build bridges between peoples, countries, and cultures.