Friends have shown they are there for us no matter what, even after a difficult year. Friendship Day in 2022 is a great opportunity to celebrate the relationships you have in life. You can also utilize this occasion to reconnect with old friends.
Every year on the first Sunday in August, or August 7, 2022, National Friendship Day honors the value of devoted, platonic relationships. The purest kind of human interactions are friendships. We have been honoring the value of friendship for more than a century, and social media has made it possible for us to do so with our friends wherever they may be in the globe.
Friendship Day 2022 in India, Pakistan
As mentioned, Friendship Day 2022 will be observed on August 7, Sunday. Countries like India, the US, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh mark Friends Day on the first Sunday of August. Though each day is dedicated to all the friends who live a life worth living, you must recognize the essence of friendship on this day. After all, your friends need some love that they’ve showered on you to date.
How to Celebrate Friendship Day 2022
- Be thankful: Start Friendship Day by being thankful for the friends you have and embrace the feeling of being loved and spreading love. Whether you have a small group of close knit friends or a large group of besties, your friends are some of the most important people in your life.
- Share memories on your social media: The best part of having friends is that you are never alone, especially nowadays that we are just one text away from our friends. Share memories and special moments on your social media to relive some of those early moments that solidified your friend group.
- Spend some time with your friends: There is no better way to celebrate National Friendship day than spending some time with your friends. Go out, cook together, have a long time video call or celebrate like they do in South Asian countries, like India, gift a friend with colorful friendship band or flower.
History of National Friendship Day
Humans are the most social beings on earth: we need to relate to others, just as Abraham Maslow exposed in his Hierarchy of human needs. Our sociological needs motivate our behavior, encouraging us to make interpersonal relationships and connect with others on a deeper level. With such a huge need for human connection with people other than our significant other, it’s no wonder that we celebrate an entire holiday based on the importance of friendship.
National Friendship Day was originally a marketing strategy for Hallmark Cards in the 1930s. Founder Joyce Hall designated the day would take place on August 2 and decided it would be a day to celebrate the people closest to you — and send them a card or two in the process. It soon became a bigger deal than originally planned when the 1935 U.S. Congress pronounced the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day.
The holiday continued gaining popularity, and in 1998 the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. In 2011, during their 65th session, the U.N. designated July 30 International Friendship Day.
Nowadays, we celebrate National Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August. Thanks to advancements in technology, it is easier to get in touch with friends, to share, and to be thankful for them.
This August 2, celebrate the lover you create and share with the family that you chose — the friends who get you through hard times and cheer you on during your most successful moments.
National Friendship Day Timeline
1920s The First Idea Ever
The Greeting Cards National Association starts promoting the idea of Friendship Day, but customers just don’t buy it.
1930 National Friendship Day is Established
As a marketing strategy to increase the sales of greeting cards, Hallmark Cards establishes and commercializes the holiday.
1935 National Friendship Day as a Holiday
The U.S. Congress proclaims the first Sunday of August as National Friendship Day, highlighting the valuable role that friends play in our lives.
1958 Going Global
The World Friendship Crusade proposes July 30 as World Friendship Day to foster a culture of peace through friendship.
National Friendship Day Dates Year Wise
The list of National Friendship Day dates from 2017 through 2027 is shown below, organized by year.
|2017||Sun||6 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2018||Sun||5 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2019||Sun||4 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2020||Sun||2 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2021||Sun||1 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2022||Sun||7 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2023||Sun||6 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2024||Sun||4 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2025||Sun||3 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2026||Sun||2 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
|2027||Sun||1 Aug||Friendship Day||Observance|
While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.
Friendship Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 7 August 2022 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in India.
Indian Friendship Day 2022 is celebrated on the first Sunday of August celebrating alongside the rest of the world.