About The Artwork Celebration With Friends
This masterpiece work of Art Celebration With Friends is about the genuine friends that spur us to success and are not ashamed to celebrate our wins with us. Friends who see us not as competition but inspiration. Art by Taofik Bankole
The concept of a national friendship day was created back in 1930 by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark Cards, Inc. You’re probably thinking, “Oh, so this is just another one of those holidays that was created for the sole purpose of selling more greeting cards,” and you’re not alone. In fact, the Greeting Card National Association had initially tried to promote the idea of Friendship Day back in the 1920s, but customers were not buying it, saying it was too obvious a gimmick.
While some people in the U.S. acknowledge Friendship Day, the idea has largely died here. Social media has revived the holiday a bit, though, as people enjoy sharing friendship day images with each other on sites like Instagram and Twitter. As for friendship day videos, Facebook and Pinterest are also popular sites for sharing pictures dedicated to celebrating Friendship Day with one’s friends.
The holiday is a bigger hit in Asia, India, and parts of South America than it ever was in the United States, making “Friendship Day” far more of an “International Friendship Day” than a “National Friendship Day.”
When Is Friendship Day?
The official date of Friendship Day is as controversial as its inception. Initially, Hall had intended for the holiday to be celebrated on August 2. Then, for a while, the date was changed to the first Sunday in August. However, the World Friendship Crusade tried for years to convince the United Nations to change the date to July 30. Finally, on July 27, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly acquiesced, making July 30 the official date of Friendship Day.
Despite this, however, the date has still changed from year to year in the U.S. For instance, in 2016 Friendship Day was celebrated on Sunday, August 7, whereas in 2017 Friendship Day was celebrated on August 6.
Ready to be even more confused? The entire month of February in the U.S. has been declared Friendship Month. So, while we may celebrate friendship on one day in August, we can also choose to celebrate it for the entire month of February. Local, national, and international days of celebration often vary, but Friendship Day is one of the simplest and most entertaining examples of the differences upheld by different communities because of different cultures and norms. Countries such as the U.S. might even use different celebration days among states and regional communities.