What is National New Friends Day?
National New Friends Day rolls around annually on October 19. This holiday is all about making room for new connections in your life, and celebrating the potential for friendship everywhere you go. Research has found time and time again that strong social support is a key to living your happiest, most fulfilled life. So get out there and add some new friends to your docket!
National New Friend Day Related Holidays
National Make A Friend Day
You need your friends, both old and new. National Make a Friend Day arrives annually on February 11. It’s a day for taking stock of all your friendships and looking for ways to add to your personal universe. A new friendship can open you up to new experiences. Friends provide us with the comfort of a safe emotional space where we can be ourselves. Good friends are our biggest treasure.
National Friendship Day
Friendship matters. On National Friendship Day every August 4, you have a chance to reflect on the friendships that improve your quality of life. One of the great things about friends, is that you can discuss important things with them that you might never share with your family. That’s because good friends are the family that you choose. Celebrate them on National Friendship Day.
International Day of Friendship
We have a question for you—would you say your friendships enrich your life? The United Nations General Assembly puts such a high value on the power of friendships that they proclaimed July 30 as International Day of Friendship. The internet has enabled people to reach out across the Digital Divide to connect with those who may live a life completely different from our own. Developing international friendships helps our humanity.
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History of National New Friends Day
National New Friends Day seems to have developed out of several existing holidays built around friends and friendship. Generally, there are several variations on a theme with National Make a Friend Day on February 11, Friendship Day and International Friendship Day both celebrated annually either on July 30 or August 1. However, National New Friends Day, seems to be an internet-generated holiday. There’s no actual date of first appearance but there are several related days with interesting origins. So, read on.
All of these days seem to spring out of a promotional effort by Hallmark Cards’ founder, Joyce Hall in the 1920s as a marketing tool to consumers. Unfortunately, a skeptical public never really embraced the idea of a friendship day. By the 1920s, consumers were influenced by evolving movements in art and film and probably the promotion of friendship was viewed as a bit gimmicky. This started a downward spiral for a Friendship Day resulting in little interest in the 1930s. By the 1940s, Friendship Day all but disappeared. Still, Paraguay initiated World Friendship Day in 1958. Everybody needs friends.
Then, something strange happened. Friendship Day became a “thing” in Asia with lots of interest and strong popularity. With the rise of the internet, GIFS and memes, it’s easy to cross physical boundaries to make friends across countries and even continents. By 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations got in on the action with another day, International Friendship Day, declaring its annual observance on July 30. This day is also celebrated on the first Sunday in August.