Have you heard of International Friendship Day? To be fair, I hadn’t either until I started working on social media on a daily basis.
International Friendship Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 30th July 2019.
This annual day of friendship has been observed in countries all over the world since 1958, when it was proposed by a doctor in Paraguay, who was having a catch-up meal with friends.
As a result of this informal meeting, the World Friendship Crusade was established, with its main purpose to promote friendship and fellowship amongst all human beings, regardless of their race, colour or religion.
After numerous lobbying attempts by the World Friendship Crusade, the General Assembly of the United Nations formally recognised the 30th July as International Friendship Day, back in 2011.
Although the official date is 30th July, many countries still choose to celebrate the day on the first Sunday in August, as per their original traditions.
The day was later described by former UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon as “an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many of the tensions and conflicts in today's world.
“It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promoting lasting peace and fostering sustainable development,” he added.
Of course, it’s easy to remove ourselves from the bigger picture here, and dismiss international relations as something that happens elsewhere.
But, if we strip everything back to the original sentiment of Friendship Day, there’s still plenty of ways you can get involved, especially in and around your own neighbourhood.
Whatever you decide to do, we at The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company hope you have a very happy Friendship Day!
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