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What Does Friendship Day Mean To You?

Updated on July 30, 2014

A Poem By Albert Canus

"Don't walk in front of me,

I may not follow.

Don't walk behind me,

I may not lead.

Walk beside me and

be my friend.

By Albert Canus."

Friendship Day

Back in 1935 a tradition began among people that wanted to show friends just how much they cared. On the first Sunday in August, this became known as a day to celebrate friendships by honoring your friends. Through the years friends have come and gone, while others have remained. Many have experienced the loss of a friend, and the heartache but focusing on the good times keeps their friendships alive in our hearts. At some point or another we've experienced friends who has taken advantage of our friendship or kindness, in some form or another but a true friend wouldn't take advantage.

Friendship Day has become a very popular event and is celebrated in other countries including India.

A Saying...

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Friends Are Forever
Friends Are Forever
Friends Are Forever


What type of friend are you?

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Walking Down Life's Road Hand In Hand
Walking Down Life's Road Hand In Hand
Walking Down Life's Road Hand In Hand

Gifts That's Popular To Exchange

A list of gifts to exchange on Friendship Day.

  • Gift Cards (Showing how much you care and value their friendship)
  • Flowers (A yellow rose with a red tip is the official flower which stands for friendship and falling in love)
  • Photo Album (Pictures of the wonderful times you two have spent together and shared)
  • Picture Frame (Insert a picture of the two of you or just give them the frame to place a picture of their chose in it)
  • Candy (A nice box of chocolates)
  • Book (Give a book from their favorite author)
  • CD's (Music of their favorite singer)
  • Stationary (Paper, pens, gift box with different stationary)
  • Stuff Animals
  • Collector's Items
  • China
  • Give a gift of something they've been wanting, but haven't gotten yet

Money spent doesn't make the gift, its the thought that counts. I find it more enjoyable when they make a present of a craft item. Some crafts are jewelry made from beads, or a painting from an art kit.

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Happy Friendship Day

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Was She A Real Friend - True Short Story

I moved here a few years ago, when this woman, call her Lucy, started coming over everyday. I knew her a few years before I moved here. We'd never been close friends before, maybe spoke a few times. Her visits at first were a few a week but quickly became everyday habit. Lucy had a bad habit of inviting herself and family over for supper, their were six of them altogether. Since I didn't drive, she'd offer to take me to the store, but would charge gas money ($20), just to go about a mile and half to the store and back, then complain to hurry up. Another bad habit she had was to put stuff for their supper in my cart for me to pay for plus the twenty in gas money. With her it was all about how much money you paid her, including the cigarettes and Pepsi plus the gas money. Finally I told her I couldn't afford her high prices to run me no more than a mile and half, that I would take the bus.

Now this made her mad, she complained everyday how much this hurt her feeling but I knew she meant the money and free items. I also told her that she needed to find somewhere else to do her laundry since she would do around five to six loads a week plus use my laundry supplies, and it ran my water bill up. She got real upset crying that I hurt her feelings, but I got the feeling it was an act to get me to feel sorry for her. Even went further by telling her I wouldn't be able to loan her any more money since she never paid back, that she owed over two hundred dollars, and I couldn't afford to support her.

Now Lucy doesn't come around much these days but does try to cause me problems. I've learned a valuable lesson in all of this. What I learned is that some people will never be your real friend, that those type of people are just users for everything they can get free. I'm nice towards Lucy these days but her days of using me are over as I learned a valuable lesson, some will take advantage of a person kindness without the slightest bit of guilt.

A Friend Gift

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"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has rather no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. C.S. Lewis".

"Anybody can sympathies with the suffering of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathies with a friend success. Oscar Wild".

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Fact About Friendship Day

Orginally Started
Women Friendship Day
Best Friends Weekend
Joyce Hall 1919
3rd Sunday of Septmeber
By Best Friends Animal Society
Founder of Hallmark Cards
Give Gifts
Honor & Proctect Animal Rights
Intended First Sunday of August
Share memories
June 23 - June 25

Variety Of Pictures

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Foxes Saying...Best Part Of Life..
Best Part Of Life..
Best Part Of Life..

A Few Things About Friends

  1. Men visit about ten hours a week with friends.
  2. Women tend to visit about seven and a half hours a week with friends.
  3. People will have about 396 friends through out their life span but only will have around thirty-three at one time.
  4. Those people with a strong social network of friends will more than likely be able to survive a heart attack or cancer.
  5. Those with a strong network of friends are less susceptible to chronic illness.
  6. In 1997 the United Nations decided to name Winnie the Pooh as the World Ambassador Of Friendship.
  7. April 27, 2011, the General Assembly Of The United Nations decided to declare the thirty of July as the Official International Friendship Day.
  8. In some of the countries there is no certain day that is celebrated as Friendship Day.
  9. Best Friends Weekend was established by the Best Friends Animal Society, for on this weekend is to honor and protect the rights of animals.
  10. Dr. Artemio Bracho, was the one who proposed the World Friendship Day on July 20th, 1958, while having dinner with friends in Puerto, Pinasco.


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    • Annie Wright profile imageAUTHOR

      Anna Haun 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi Michael,

      I just recently found out about Friendship Day, when a elderly neighbor brought over a cake to thank me for helping out when family suddenly showed up from out of town, I'd made a homemade dish with rolls and took it over. If Lucy wasn't asking me for money, she would ask my husband, and main line was, "I don't have any cigs, my old man won't buy me any", well neither one of them works, they sponge off his mom, and once in a while do odd jobs. I felt the only reason she came over was to get him to buy her cigs everyday, which did cause major problems between us, I left him because of her, nearly destroyed our relationship. Now that I'm back she is no longer welcome here, she owes him around $350 or more. It's a shame that people will take advantage of others, and that why I included that part about Lucy, so others may see they might have a friend like that. Lucy is no one real friend, she was a user. If it opened one person eyes to see through a fake friend, then my mission was successful in saving someone from a user who friendship would betray them. You don't have to yell, just say what your thinking to them as I did Lucy, the tears I'm sure was fake. When she started her crying act to my husband, he told her to get away from him, he wanted his marriage to work. Thank you very much for the nice comments. How is your niece doing with the duckling? I hope she is enjoying the duckling and having a lot of fun. That was a wonderful that you allowed her the chance to raise the duckling, such a great chance to become responsible for an animal and great learning experience. Have a great day


    • Michael Kismet profile image

      Michael Kismet 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      I had no idea that there was a "friendship day". And it's rapidly approaching! Regarding "Lucy", I'm sure many people can relate to having a "friend" like Lucy, which is unfortunate.

      People like that aren't capable or fit for friendship, that much is clear from your story. The story also hinted at what a kind person you are, and it's a shame that people out there will take advantage of that fact.

      You deserve much better, I hope you realize that. Great hub Annie, keep them coming!


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