A Friend is somebody who can be in one's life because of any reason - be it personal or professional, but, is an integral part of one's living. To honor the presence of friend in one's life the US congress declared a proclamation according to which every First Sunday of the month of August is celebrated world-wide as the "Friendship Day". This year it falls on 4th August, 2013.
The tradition of dedicating a day in honor of Friends began in US in 1935. 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 Day became a hugely popular festival.
# Importance of Friendship in Mahabharata: In the famous Hindu epic 'Mahabharata', Lord Krishna demonstrates the many colors of friendship - affection, romance, brotherhood, protection, guidance, intimacy and even teasing. Friendship is all about these and much more.
In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship.
On friendship Day people spend time with their friends and express love for them. Exchange of Friendship Day Gifts like flowers, cards and wrist bands is a popular tradition of this occasion.
Today Friendship Day is celebrated across all countries and is a hugely popular affair. Friendship Day celebrations occur on different dates in different countries. The first World Friendship Day was celebrated on July 30.
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