Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Friendship Day History

Friendship Day History

everything in this world has its own history and there is also the Friendship Day history.

over surfing in the net i found the following as the Friendship Day History.

its great to know the history of Friendship Day.

may useful if i have to write some thesis over the Friendship Day.

"There is not much text on Friendship Day history as we celebrate today. However, there are numerous folktales and several instance in mythological myths that shows that friends and friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world. As an intrinsically social being, men love to make friends to further this procedure of socialization.

Considering the precious role friends play in our life it was deemed to fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. The United States Congress, in 1935, yproclaim first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. Since then, festivity of National Friendship Day became an annual event. The noble idea of honoring the beautiful relationship of friendship wedged on with the people and soon Friendship Day became a enormously popular festival.

Following the fame and success of Friendship Day in US, several other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends. Today, Friendship Day is excitedly celebrated by several countries across the world including India.

In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh as the world's Ambassador of Friendship.

The Bible, the primary text of the western people, reflects upon friendship as the bond that forms the foundation to human faith, trust and companionship. Following verses from the bible aptly depict the importance of friends:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13-15

Besides, there are more than a few tales from the Old Testament and the New Testament about the value of friendship and how true friendship is a money to unearth. A noticeable point is that, both the versions make a difference between the two broad meanings of friendship- one is a mere acquaintance, the other is a more loving relation.

In the Old Testament, Abraham is called the “friend of God” because of the intimacy of his relations. God speaks to Moses face to face “as a man…unto his friend” (Ex 33:11). The idealistic friendship of Ruth and Naomi, the devotion of the subordinate Hushai for David, or the mutual relation between David and Jonathan - the Old Testament is sated with these interesting tales of friends and friendship.

In the New Testament, the relationship between Jesus and his disciples clearly depicts how human friendship can continually grow. From being teacher and disciple, to lord and servant their relationship finally grew to an supreme friendship.

In the famous Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna demonstrates the a lot of colors of friendship - affection, romance, brotherhood, protection, leadership, intimacy and even teasing. Friendship is all about these and much more."

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