Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
If it's the first Sunday in August, it must be National Friendship Day.
I think we need one a month, or a week. The news of the world is not too friendly these days.
According to the Calendar of Days, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.
Fine sentiment certainly, if a bit staid.
A Hallmark Day
National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919 as a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. By 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely.
Winnie and the United Nations to the Rescue
In 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations, and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized International Friendship Day.
We should all celebrate with friends nationally and internationally, with chatting or visiting. Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.
It's a good day to have.
Gerrie Ferris Finger
THE END GAME
THE LAST TEMPTATION
THE DEVIL LAUGHED
MURMURS OF INSANITY
RUNNING WITH WILD BLOOD