|When is Friendship Day?|
|What is Friendship Day?|
Friendship Day is a popular South American holiday that has spread to many areas of the world including North America and South Asia. The founder of Hallmark Cards is sometimes credited with creating this holiday and selecting the August date as a way to boost greeting card sales during a slow month of the year. However, other sources state that the day has been around much longer. The August occasion has fallen in and out of favor over the years.
World Friendship Day (also called International Friendship Day) is a similar celebration held on July 30 each year. It was designated as a special occasion by the United Nations in 1997. The purpose of the day is to strengthen community and promote peaceful relationships while recognizing the virtue and nobility of friendship. Friendship Day is an opportunity to send friends small tokens of love and appreciations including flowers and cards. Friendship bands or bracelets are another popular gift, and friends may craft homemade wristbands for one another.