International Day of Friendship

International Day of Friendship is an international holiday celebrated annually on July 30th since 2011. It was created in the hope that fostering friendship between different peoples, cultures, and countries will inspire peace throughout the world.

The United Nations also wanted to create a day that taught the youth of today the importance of diversity and to promote understanding between different cultures.

In some countries, it is not celebrated on July 30th but instead on the first day of August. In these countries, it is often known either as World Friendship Day, International Friendship Day, or simply Friendship Day.

History of International Day of Friendship

The concept of an International Day of Friendship was first proposed in the late 1950s by Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho during a dinner party with friends at his house in Puerto Pinasco, Paraguay.

From this idea sprang the World Friendship Crusade, an organization that petitioned the United Nations for several decades to institute their idea for a World Friendship Day.

In the meantime, Friendship Day was created by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark, and was promoted heavily during the 1920s in the United States by the Greeting Card Association. However, consumers were somewhat leery of Friendship Day and saw it as a gimmick to sell more greeting cards.

As a result, the holiday largely fell out of favor in the U.S., although it has been picked up in Asia and is heavily celebrated there. Eventually, the United Nations decided to make July 30th the International Day of Friendship. They did so on July 27, 2011, with the passing of resolution A/RES/65/275. Today, it is celebrated widely all over the world.

Celebrating this Day

Today, governments, individuals, and community groups plan activities, launch initiatives, and hold events to foster friendships in their communities and beyond. Other ways in which this holiday is celebrated include parades that fly many flags from around the world, concerts featuring a variety of different artists, and parties.


International Day of Friendship is the perfect day for people to come together, have fun, and remind themselves that the diversity of people from all over the world need not divide us but should bring us all together. It’s also a great day to rekindle close personal relationships or just have a good time with friends.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 30 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
July 30 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
July 30 Sunday
Relationships & Family, United Nations