On Tuesday 30th July, we're celebrating International Day Of Friendship here at Pyjamas.com! #InternationalDayOfFriendship is the perfect excuse to celebrate with your friends and let them know just how much you appreciate them! To save you the time and energy, we've put together 3 fun ways that you can treat your pals to the best International Day Of Friendship ever!
What Is International Day Of Friendship?
The original idea for a day of friendship came from Hallmark cards in the 1930’s. Originally celebrated on 2nd August, the day was largely viewed cynically by the public as a money making exercise, sales of friendship day cards did not take off in Europe and by the mid-1940’s the day had faded into obscurity in the USA. The idea of a day to honour friendship was, however, adopted by a number of countries in Asia where it remained a popular custom to reserve a day for celebrating friendships and the exchange of gifts between friends.
The first World Friendship Day was proposed for 30 July 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, an international civil organisation that campaigns to foster a culture of peace through friendship. Many years later, in 2011, the 30th July was declared as the International Day of Friendship by the General Assembly of United Nations.
With the growing popularity of social media throughout the world, there has been an increase in celebrating World Friendship day and International Day of Friendship online as well as with community activities in local communities aimed at bringing those of different backgrounds together
3 Ways To Celebrate International Day Of Friendship
1. Write Your Friend A Surprise Card
Surprising your friends with a message of love and appreciation can only go down a treat. Sometimes, it can be hard to show your friends just how much you appreciate them on a day-to-day basis. A lovely little note is the perfect way to get the message across, no matter how near of far you are from one another.
If you want to get the children involved, get them to make the cards themselves and personalise them for each one of their special friends. Taking some time to make something with love is the best way to show a friend just how much they mean to you.
2. Have A Sleepover
No matter how old you are, a sleepover is always a good idea. Whether you're inviting over your life long friends for a glass of fizz and a good old catchup. Or you're planning the perfect International Day Of Friendship Sleepover for your little ones and their closest friends.
To make the sleepover even more special, why not treat you and your friends to a new pair of Character Pyjamas? No sleepover is complete without a set of cosy pyjamas to snuggle up in and ensure you have a great nights sleep, despite all the fun of the sleepover.
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3. Make A New Friend
International Day Of Friendship doesn't have to be about your existing friendships, you can use the day as the perfect opportunity to make new friends. As mentioned previously, with the rise of Social Media coverage of the holiday, its given communities and online social media platforms the opportunity to bring different communities together. Use the day as a chance to get involved and make someone's day with a new friend.