Chennai: Today is Friendship Day. Its origin goes back to the early 1900s. The founder of Hallmark Cards, Joyce Hall, is said to have founded ‘Friendship Day’ in 1919.
He embarked on the concept of Friendship Day so that people can rejoice in the special bond of friendship.
The United Nations finally declared 30 July as the official International Friendship Day. In India, however, it is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of August.
In 1998, Nane Annan, the wife of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, declared Winnie the Pooh as the global Ambassador of Friendship at the UN.
Here are some interesting Friendship Day quotes:
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, it’s being separated and nothing changes.
True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
That’s when I realized what a true friend was. Someone who would always love you – the imperfect you, the confused you, the wrong you – because that is what people are supposed to do.
The only way to have a friend is to be one. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friend is what the heart needs all the time! – Henry Van Dyke
Silence makes a real conversation between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts. – Margaret Lee Runbeck
Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them… your smile, your hope, and your courage. Doe Zantamata
If you never had a friend, you haven’t lived well! Happy to have a friend like you. Happy Friendship Day.