July 30th, 2019 International Day of Friendship

The idea of an International Day of Friendship was proposed in late 1950 by Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho during a dinner party that he was having with close friends at his home in Puerto Pinasco, Paraguay. From his idea sprung the World Friendship Crusade, which was an organization that would petition the United Nations to get them to institute a World Friendship Day. After decades of trying and failing, the United Nations finally agreed to institute World Friendship Day.

Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark, created Friendship Day during the 1920s in the United States and it was promoted by the Greeting Card Association. However, customers were a bit apprehensive about Friendship Day and they saw it as a ploy to sell more greeting cards. This resulted in the holiday eventually falling off the radar, for the most part, in the U.S. Since then, the holiday has been picked up in Asia and is heavily celebrated there. The United Nations finally decided to make July 30th the International Day of Friendship. They did so officially on July 27, 2011, with the passing of resolution A/RES/65/275. Today, it is celebrated widely all over the world including here in the United States.

From all of us here at Hancock County Savings Bank Happy International Day of Friendship!