What is the importance of Friendship Day?

by Madhvi Bansal
Friendship Day

Friends play an important role in everyone’s life. They come in all types and makes your life different. You can have school friends, college friends, office friends, long-distance friends, best friend, Facebook friends and more. Some people have one while others have a group of friends. They support you, share your laughter and sorrows, listen to your worries, provide solution to your problems and moreover stand with you in all the ups and downs of your life. If you have such person in your life, feel blessed to have that person as your friend. 

Celebrating the most valued relation of life

Well, there is no need of any special occasion to celebrate friendship still every year Friendship Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm all around the world. A number of folktales and instances are there in mythological legends which shows that friends and friendship have been valued since the beginning of civilized world. In 1935, the first Sunday of August is proclaimed as the Friendship Day by the United States Congress. Since then Friendship Day has become an annual event and celebrated all over the world. The main idea of celebrating Friendship Day is to honour the most valued relation of your life.

Mythological significance of Friendship Day

In the holy books like Bible and Mahabharat, friendship is defined in a very beautiful way. 

According to Bible, friendship is reflected as the bond which creates the bond for human companionship. 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. These verses from Bible shows the importance of friendship.

According to the Mahabharat, Lord Krishna demonstrated many colours of friendship. From romance, affection,  brotherhood, intimacy, protection, guidance and even teasing. Friendship is infact the blend of many more emotion including the mentioned ones.

Promote bonding and fellowship

Humans are the social creatures. Hence, it is obvious for a person to make friends. Friendship Day is about promoting bonding and fellowships. Children must be taught about the significance of Friendship Day so that they can realise the importance of friends and friendship in their lives.