Friendship Day was first established in 1935 when the United States Congress dedicated the first Sunday of August every year as Friendship Day, and this year it takes place on 7 August 2016.
Following the popularity of this annual event in the US, a large number of other countries, including India, also adopted Friendship Day to celebrate the importance of friends, making this a truly international friendship day.
On this day people spend time together, exchange gifts, cards and wrist bands to proclaim their friendship to each other. In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship.
So … what will you be doing this year … how will you celebrate?
Lots of ideas about how you can get involved can be found at the Friendship Day website.