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Celebrating International Friendship Day

The International Friendship Day is celebrated on July 30 as per the resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2011. It was decided to forge a strong bond of friendship among people of various countries irrespective of their race, colour, gender, religion, ethnicity and other such factors. A bond that is boundless. Perhaps, friendship could be summarised thus. The virtue of friendship has been appreciated by one and all over the world. Friendship is a faithful and loyal relationship between two or more person living anywhere in the world. We cannot leave our whole life alone and need a faithful relationship with someone to live happily called friends.  Friendship is universal and with the presence of social media nowadays, it’s hard not to stay close and up to date with those special people, even if they don’t live in the same town anymore. Everyone needs a good and loyal friend to share bad or good life events, enjoy happy moments and share unbearable events of the life. Emphasising on the importance of friendship, the great ancient Greek Philosopher and Scientist exclaimed, “Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to and therefore does not partake of society is either a beast or a god. ”

There are people to whom friendship is everything. Without a friend, life becomes unbearable for them. A saviour in troubled times, a friend in need becomes an invaluable asset. It is a nice experience to cherish memories of those occasions when a friend made a change in one’s life with a timely action. Devoting a day to such nice people in one’s life is an idea worth celebrating. Many people have already embraced the idea. According to the great Roman Statesman Cicero, “Friendship increases happiness and diminishes misery by doubling our joy and dividing our grief”.

The main purpose of the International Friendship Day is to promote the concept of friendship across different backgrounds and cultures in order to promote peace all over the world. It is also for reminding the general public regarding the importance of maintaining friendship and making new friends for improving the overall well-being of a person. The International Day of Friendship is an important opportunity to confront the misunderstandings and distrust that underlie so many tensions and conflicts in today’s world. It is a reminder that human solidarity is essential to promote lasting peace and fostering sustainable development. Getting a best friend in the life is very hard for everyone and if one gets it, he/she is really bestowed with the true love of God.

With the world becoming a global village, thanks to the transformation brought about by the information technology, Indians too have joined the bandwagon of the worshippers of friendship through the net and other means.

Friendship Day is all about celebrating the bond of friendship. Connections are like plants which you need to take care of. You need to constantly nourish your connections with different individuals in order to maintain the friendship or build it.

Friendship Day is all about celebrating the bond of friendship. It is an occasion to turn the pages of life and reminisce the wonderful moments that you have spent with your pals in the school, college or workplace. The friendship between different people from different countries and with different cultures can inspire peace efforts and assist in building bridges between communities. The friendship is important because it helps break down barriers and connect people with diverse cultures and backgrounds. It even plays an important role in promoting peace in different cultures.

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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