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PostSubject: Friendship Day History   Friendship Day History Empty2008-08-03, 02:26

There is not much literature on Friendship Day
history as we celebrate today. However, there are numerous folktales and
several instance in mythological legends that shows that friends and
friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world. As
an intrinsically social creature, men love to make friends to further
this process of socialization.

History of Friendship Day in US
Considering the valuable role friends play in our life it was
deemed to fit to have a day dedicated to friends and friendship. The
United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed first Sunday of August as
the National Friendship Day. Since then, celebration of National
Friendship Day became an annual event. The noble idea of honoring the
beautiful relationship of friendship caught on with the people and soon
Friendship Day became a hugely popular festival.

Following the popularity and success of Friendship Day in US, several
other countries adopted the tradition of dedicating a day to friends.
Today, Friendship Day is enthusiastically celebrated by several
countries across the world including India.

In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie - the Pooh
as the world's Ambassador of Friendship.

Importance of Friendship in Bible
The Bible, the primary text of the western civilization, reflects upon
friendship as the bond that forms the foundation to human faith, trust
and companionship. Following verses from the bible aptly portray the
importance of friends:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock
and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7

“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life
for his friends.”
John 15:13-15

Besides, there are several tales from the Old Testament and the New
Testament about the value of friendship and how true friendship is a
treasure to unearth. A noticeable point is that, both the versions make
a difference between the two broad meanings of friendship- one is a mere
acquaintance, the other is a more affectionate relation.

In the Old Testament, Abraham is called the “friend
of God” because of the intimacy of his relations. God speaks to
Moses face to face “as a man…unto his friend” (Ex 33:11).
The romantic friendship of Ruth and Naomi, the devotion of the
subordinate Hushai for David, or the mutual relation between David and
Jonathan - the Old Testament is replete with these interesting tales of
friends and friendship.

In the New Testament, the relationship between Jesus
and his disciples clearly depicts how human friendship can constantly
grow. From being teacher and disciple, to lord and servant their
relationship finally grew to an unparalleled friendship.

Importance of Friendship in Mahabharata
In the famous Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna
demonstrates the many colors of friendship - affection, romance,
brotherhood, protection, guidance, intimacy and even teasing. Friendship
is all about these and much more.

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