International Friendship Day is celebrated on July 30th. The date was first suggested by the World Friendship Crusade and then declared as a special day by the UN in 2011. However, the International Day of Friendship on 30 July is not the only day celebrating friendship around the world. A number of countries, such as Paraguay, also celebrate on 30 July, but other countries have different dates. For example, Argentina, Brazil and Spain celebrate Friend’s Day on 20 July, while in India and the US, they celebrate it on the first Sunday in August. In Finland and Estonia, Friendship Day is celebrated on the same day as Valentine’s Day, 14 February.
In Argentina, the initiative to celebrate the Friend´s Day on July 20 was Enrique Ernesto Febbraro’s, a dentist, professor of philosophy and history, musician, and member of the Rotary Club. He proposed to celebrate Friend´s day on this date in honor of the Apollo XI landing on the Moon.
Wherever and whenever it’s celebrated, the celebrations are very similar. Friends meet up to spend time together. They may eat out or have a meal at home. They give each other small gifts: books, flowers, simple jewellery such as a friendship band (a simple bracelet). Some people send each other cards and greetings online. Whatever form the celebration takes, the spirit is the same – to remember the importance of friends and the power of friendship.