Friendship Day celebrated in isles

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
4 Aug 2018

Along with the rest of the globe, International Friendship Day was celebrated befittingly on Saturday. People lined up at gift shops in different parts of the city to purchase friendship bands and other presents for their loved ones. People also celebrated friendship and bonds by exchanging messages on social media groups First proposed in Paraguay in 1958, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 30 as the official International Friendship Day on April 27, 2011. But many countries, like India, celebrate it on the 4th of August every year. It all started when Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards proposed the celebrations in 1930. Before this, only greeting cards promoted the day and it was seen more as a gimmick. However, Nane Annan, the wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, declared the adorable bear Winnie the Pooh as the global Ambassador of Friendship at the UN in 1998. Every year, friends commemorate the day by exchanging gifts, greeting cards and going out for a get-together. Several restaurants, eateries and public spaces also, in their own way, celebrate this day and ensure that it is remembered by those who visit. There is also a common practice of exchanging bands among friends, as a token of their friendship.