National Friendship Day is celebrated on August 1 every year. Although I had never heard of it I think there's a need for such a holiday. It doesn't need to be another of these "I like it because I get off work" holidays. Rather it should be a day to spend some time remembering some of the friends from the past. All the way from grade school to high school to workplace, we have all had friends. Friends have not only made our lives more pleasant, but I can think of many who have helped me over the years.
So when and where did National Friendship Day start? The official day was proclaimed by the U. S. Congress in 1935. You could come up with quite a few reasons the celebration was started during that time period. It was a little over a decade after WWI and there were still hostilities, and mistrust between countries. (unfortunately the same is true in these times). There was also a need (as there is today) to band together helping each other in times of financial distress.
Although you can send gift baskets, cards,etc., the best way to celebrate this holiday is simply write a letter or email to a friend (past or present). August 1 has already passed but this is a holiday you could celebrate at any time.
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