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Connect with Your Pals for National Friendship Day

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This year, National Friendship Day is on Sunday, August 5th. If you want to find out more about this sentimental holiday (and to get some suggestions on how to celebrate it), this article is for you.

History of National Friendship Day

Hallmark (yes, the greeting card company) founded National Friendship Day in 1919. The holiday was a marketing stunt that encouraged people to send cards to their friends to show appreciation of the relationships they shared. Even though the company heavily advertised their creation, the holiday died out a few decades later.

It wasn’t until 1998 that Nane Annan, the wife of US Secretary-General Kofi Annan, revived the holiday by making Winnie the Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. Since then, Friendship Day has regained popularity around the world where it is often celebrated on July 30th in many countries.

National Friendship Day is still not widely celebrated in the United States. However, the rise of social media has increased public interest considerably among young users who use the internet to post statuses about their loved ones.

Ways to Celebrate National Friendship Day

If your interest in Friendship Day lies outside the tweetable realm, consider using one of the suggestions below to connect with your friends on this special day and all month long.

  1. Host a potluck. Friends and food are never a bad combination. To jazz up the event, why not make it a cooking competition? Winner throws the whole group a party by the end of August.
  2. Organize a clothing swap. You probably have clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in years. Instead of letting outfits collect dust, why not gift them to a friend? In exchange, you receive clothing that is new to you. Everyone wins, and it’s almost reminiscent of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. You don’t even have to be in the same timezone to participate in this celebration!
  3. Have an ice cream social. Provide a few flavors of ice cream, and ask your friends to bring their favorite topping. In our article about National Ice Cream Month, we suggested using an ice cream social as a time to catch up on each other’s lives and plan trips together. Even though National Ice Cream Month has passed, this is still a great way to gather with friends.

Have a great Friendship Day, and remember to keep connecting with friends all month!

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