Friendship Day 2017



Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.
~Anonymous


You don't really need a special day to make your friends feel loved and cared about. But Friendship Day offers you the opportunity to give your friends extra attention and honor your friendship with others. Read on to learn about Friendship Day facts and find out how you can best celebrate this day with your friends.

When is Friendship Day 2017?

Friendship Day 2017 will be celebrated on August 6th.
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Origin of Friendship Day

The tradition of observing Friendship Day began in 1935 when Congress declared that the country would dedicate a day in honor of friends and celebrate it on the first Sunday of August annually. Since then, this event has been celebrated by people of all ages in several countries, in addition to the U.S. As more nations joined in the celebrations, Friendship Day came to be known as the International Friendship Day.

Friendship Day In Different Years:

Year Dates Day
2016 August 7 Sunday
2017 August 6 Sunday
2018 August 5 Sunday
2019 August 4 Sunday
2020 August 2 Sunday
2021 August 1 Sunday
2022 August 7 Sunday
2023 August 6 Sunday
2024 August 4 Sunday
2025 August 3 Sunday

How to Celebrate Friendship Day?

  • Friendship Day is celebrated with fun and enthusiasm by sending cards, gifts and flowers to close friends.
  • A popular custom includes giving pink and yellow roses to your friends who've been there when you needed them.
  • A cultural phenomenon related to this event is the Friendship band that teenagers gift to their friends as a symbol of their friendship and bond that they want to cherish forever.
Friendship Day 2017

Cards and wishes:

Greetings cards are a great way to send best wishes to your friends and make them feel special on Friendship Day. Browse through Friendship Day e-cards and choose the one that can best convey your feelings for your friends.

        

Friendship Day Gift Ideas:

You don't need to give an expensive gift to your friend on Friendship Day, but a thoughtful present to your friends can brighten their day and make them feel important.

  • SCRAPBOOK - You can create a memory journal yourself by putting together a scrapbook of all of your thoughts about the lovely memories you share with your friends. You can paste photos of your friends in the scrapbook to make it a personalized gift for your friends.
  • Friendship day Gifts

  • PHOTOFRAME - Alternatively, you can gift a photo frame with a cheerful photo of your friend along with you.

  • Friendship day photo frame

  • FLOWERS - An interesting idea for Friendship Day gifts include a bunchof yellow sunflowers that symbolize the depth of your bond with your friend.

  • Friendship day flowers

  • COFFEE MUGS - If your friend loves to drink tea or coffee, you may gift them a ceramic mug with floral designs and a message that conveys all the good wishes you have for that person.
  • Coffee Mugs for Friendship Day
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Friendship Day Party Ideas

Your Friendship Day celebrations can be fun and exciting if you organize a party for your friends on that day.

Party Venue:

When it comes to choosing a venue for the party

  • you can host the celebration at your home
  • a community hall if you have many,
  • An outdoor venue that can assist in hosting a larger celebration with a bigger number of guests.
  • If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, you may have the party there itself.
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Party Themes:

  • You may choose a sports theme for your Friendship Day party. All you need to do is organize an outdoor match or an indoor game that your friends can enjoy. The winners can win exciting prizes. Once the game is over, you can take your friends out for a special lunch.
  • A cowboy themed party is one of the most fun ideas for Friendship Day celebrations. You should request your friends and guests to come to the party dressed like a cowboy. The party invitations can include have your photo with the party details, and they can be rolled with a bandana. As for the party favors, you can give cowboy hats to your friends.
  • Another interesting idea for a Friendship Day party is a Halloween theme. All you should do for that kind of party is to decorate the party venue like a haunted house. Make tombstones and other decorative items for your party decor. Organize a costume contest and ask your friends to come in Halloween costumes. As for party favors, you could try giving gift pumpkin shaped lights to your guests.
Friendship Day Party Themes
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Party Invitations:

  • You should send invitations that reflect the theme of your party. You will find Friendship Day party invitations online. 

     
  • You can personalize them with the photo of your choice. For example, in case of a cowboy theme, you can paste the photo of a cowboy hat along with some text that appeals to your guests and urges them to attend your party.


  • For a party without a theme, you can have the group photo of your friends on the invitation.


  • For Halloween themed Friendship Day celebrations, you may use invitations having the photo of a pumpkin and images that symbolize a feast or a party. 

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Party Decorations:

  • You can adorn the party venue with colorful balloons, streamers, and swirling decorations with cutouts with the message - "Happy Friendship Day" imprinted on them

  • There can be big banner at the entrance that could say - "Welcome my dear friends".

  • You can use collages of your photos with your friends for the decorations.

  • Your friends will really appreciate the fact that you put in a lot of effort to relive the memories you shared with them.

  • Bright and beautiful flowers, such as a bunch of sunflowers in crystal vases, would make excellent centerpieces.

  • The tables can be further decorated with heart shaped confetti symbolizing the love you have for your friends.

Friendship Day Party Decorations
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Party Food:

  • Barbecued food, especially, for a poolside party, make appropriate and delicious party food.

  • Finger foods like sandwiches and popcorn can also be included on your menu. Chicken drumsticks, lamb koftas and corn and black bean salsa may be some of the best choices for your Friendship Day party food.

Friendship Day Party Party Food
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Party Favors:

  • The party favors depend on the ages of the people participating in Friendship Day celebrations.

  • You can gove your friends a friendship band that comes in a variety of colors.

  • A gift basket with a bottle of wine, cheese, and gourmet food is one of the best Friendship day party favors you may have for your guests.

  • A beautifully designed gift box with cookies shaped in smiley faces is an interesting gift idea for your friends.

  • One of the most luxurious party favors is a spa gift basket. Such baskets come with a gel, a lotion, bubble bath, bath pillows, back massager and much more.

Party Favors
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Few More Tips For Friemdship Day Party

  • When you organize a Friendship Day party for your friends, try to create an ambiance that makes your party enjoyable.

  • Play some music which your friends would love to hear. Let there be some groovy dance numbers for your friends to enjoy and celebrate their special day. So, gear up for the Friendship Day celebrations that you and your friends will cherish for years to come.

Friemdship Day Party
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Friendship Day Games

Friendship day is a time for celebration, get involved in the party mood and enjoy the different Friendship day games. Friendship day parties are imperfect without games in them. Friends all are about fun, enjoyment and good times. So, get into the mood of friendship day activities and make your friends enjoy as well.

While selecting from the options of friendship day games

  • First consider the type of the party (the theme of the party) and also the tastes and preferences of the guests.
  • If you have already chosen the theme of the friendship party, then it will be easier for you to opt for the popular friendship party games.
  • There are also various sources of the Friendship Day game ideas, from where you can take an idea and select the best option.

Friendship Day Party Game Ideas

 

Balance the Stick:

It is a fun game which the adults can opt for playing. The process of playing this game is to place a 5 feet stick in the central point of a circle. The challenge lies in the fact to hold the stick upright on end of the chin. After balancing the stick on the chin, it should be help up vertically for minimum 15 seconds. Who succeeds in doing so, wins the game. After getting over the first level, the next level can be to walk in a circular motion and at the same time balance the stick. Necessarily the stick has to be a lightweight one.


Say ‘Ha-Ha’:

People of all ages can actively participate in this game. Follow the process whereby the guests are asked to stand in a circle. After the game commences, each person has to place his hand on the tummy of the adjoining person. The first person says aloud ‘aHa’, while the adjoining person on whose tummy the hand is places says ‘Ha Ha’ but without laughing. The rule of the game is such that it is repeated by persons standing in a circle but bearing in mind that one cannot laugh while doing so. The one continues doing it till the end without laughing, wins the game.

Say-Ha-Ha


Word Bubble:

Kids would love to be a part of this game. This game increases the vocabulary of the players. The players would require a pen and a paper individually. Each individual should be assigned three letters and they should be asked to write as many meaning words with those letters as they an, in just a time span of one minute. One, who has in his stable the maximum number of words, wins the game. The level of the game can be increased if the first level is crossed by the players.

Word Bubble

So, try these creative Friendship day games and enjoy your day with your friends in the best possible manner.


Friendship Day Crafts

Friends are God's way of showing that you are not alone. So how about dedicating a whole day for friends making some splendid friendship day crafts? The time and passion that you spend for a hand-made craft will effectively convey the message to your friends how much they mean to you.

Here's the list of different friendship crafts

Paper Jewelry Box

Paper Jewelry Box is really easy to make which involves utmost creativity and endurance. Friends will surely appreciate this wonderful Friendship Day Gift.

  Things Required:
  • An old box (approx 4 inches in length and width)
  • Cloth or construction paper
  • Old magazines having colorful pictures
  • Colorful buttons
  • Colorful ribbons
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Scissors
  • Glue
Instructions:
  1. Take the magazine and cut small pictures from it and glue it in any manner you like outside the box. Let the pictures get dried and make sure you cover it well with pictures.
  2. Glue the cloth or construction paper inside the box for a neat appearance.
  3. On the sides of the box, stick pieces of ribbon for a bright border.
  4. Using your creativity, glue the buttons in the corners or at any place that you think fit to make it look pretty.
  5. Dust over some glitter for a shiny look. With the help of the sequins, personalize the box to create the letters of your friend’s name.
  6. You can also employ this method to make a vase, pencil stand or even a picture frame.
Paper Jewelry Box
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Beaded Bracelet 

The popular gift on friendship day is a Friendship Band. Rather than buying it from the market, one can easily make it at home using a little bit of creativity. The process shall be sheer fun and also that your friend shall love to receive this unique piece of Friendship day band. 

Things Required:
  • Some Beads
  • String
  • Clasps
  • Scissors
Instructions:
  1. Make sure that you cut the string as per the length of the wrist and tie a knot at one end.
  2. String beads on the making a pattern that you like most keeping in mind to leave room to tie the knot at the other end. One can also create the friends name with her beads taking the form of the alphabets.
  3. There are two options – either tie a purchased clasp or just tie a knot at the end.
Beaded Bracelet
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Bookmark

A special handmade Bookmark will make a wonderful Friendship Day gift. Try the method given here or use your own creativity to make a pretty bookmark for your dear friends.

Things Required:
  • Felt (Also can use velvet paper or handmade paper) 
  • White hair net 
  • Ribbon 
  • 2 little wiggle eyes 
  • Padding or cotton wool 
  • A small button 
  • Glue 
  • Scissors 
Instructions:
  1. Cut a narrow piece of felt approx about 5 centimeters (1 and 3/4 inches) wide, and 16 centimeters long (6 inches).
  2. Drape one ball of cotton wool or padding in the hair net and fix it to the pinnacle of the felt, making it as the head.
  3. Paste the two eyes and the button on the head.
  4. Bind a small bow from a ribbon and join it on the felt below the head. The option is yours whether you want to thread a small piece of ribbon through the button.
Bookmark
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10 Differences between Real friends and Fake Friends

We are human beings, a social animal who lives in a world surrounded by family friends and acquaintances. But, in today’s virtual world, the boundaries between real and fake friends are blurring. We get everything online; shopping, friends, online chats, gossip and knowing about how one is doing in life. What impacts do these things have on our life? We are at a loss to tell as of who is a real friend and who is a fake friend? One thing that is to be seen first and foremost before making friends is that a person who stands by you through thick and thin are real friend/ friends rest all are mere acquaintances. Knowing your real friends is not a rocket science. Just look for the following signs in a person and decide if they are your real friends or fake ones.

Care to share:

A real friend will always be ready to share anything and everything with you (of course it should be a commodity not your boyfriend/girlfriend). If you have any last minute jitters he/she will always be there to sort that out for you and the sharing will always be mutual. As for a fake friend he/she will always be ready to borrow your things but would rarely have anything to offer/share with you.

Real friends and Fake Friends - Care to share
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Personal Adviser:

A true friend is the one who gives you an honest and uninhibited advice. A True friend will always be your councilor, advisor, teacher, and sometimes a mentor too. They will never mislead you or keep you in any kind of oblivion. But, fake friends are more of back stabbers who would be there to subtly use you for their own benefit.

Real friends and Fake Friends -  Personal adviser
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Cheers You Up:

A real friend will try to cheer you up even in most gloomy situation. He/she will always find one way or other to pull you out of your gloomy shell and as for a fake friend they will pretend to be around but will never really connect with you or even put in any effort to cheer you up. A real friend will know you inside out. Even the slightest change in your expression will be very much visible and understandable to them. They will be able to read each other’s mind with mere eye contact.

Real friends and Fake Friends -   Cheers you up
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Forgiving:

No matter how worst the fight between you, true friends will never let small trifles or disagreement to get in way of their friendship. They are really forgiving to the core. Small things never become a prestige issue for a true friend. On the other hand, a fake friend is filled with dark ego, not only they will be unforgiving; they might even go to any length to take revenge on you. Beware of such friends.

Real friends and Fake Friends - Forgiving
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Finds a remedy not a fault

A true friend will always find a remedy for your faults. He/she won’t be the one to point fingers at you instead they’ll be the ones to help you recover from a worse situation by finding a remedy to whatever has been done. They will be the one to help you do the damage control. On the other hand a fake friend will keep blaming you for anything that went wrong and would rather find solace in bombarding you with cheap criticism.

Finds a remedy not a fault
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Your 2 AM friends

A real friend can make out what is wrong without even your telling. If feeling stuck in any situation, they emerge as your saviors and would know what to do about the situation. A fake friend would not even bother to call up and ask if everything was alright. A real friend will be there for you even at the wee hours of morning or midnight without any hesitation but a fake one will surely have ample of excuses.

Your 2 AM friends
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Vaults of secrets:

A true friend is like a vault that guards all your secrets. He/she will never let out any of your secrets, be it as small as sneaking a bar of chocolate from grandma without mom’s permission or as big as sneaking away with your dad’s car. All your darkest secrets will always be in vault, safe and secure. A fake friend on the other hand will always gossip about you behind your back, even trying to lure you into telling your secrets so that he/she could get some new gossips to dwell on. Beware of such gossip mongers.

Vaults of secrets
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Helps to pursue your dreams

A friend that encourages you to pursue your dream and stays with you in hardships is a real friend. A fake friend will always try to show a dread picture of insecure future and fill you with negativity and doubts about your talent.

Helps to pursue your dreams
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Will be your cry pillow:

Every time you experience a heart break, he/she would be the first one to come up with a chocolate and cupcakes and lend you a shoulder to cry on and spend time cracking stupid jokes and trying hard to humor you to bring you out of your gloomy zone. A fake would advise you to let it go and stop acting like a cry baby.

Will be your cry pillow
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Symbiotic relationship

Last but not the least a true friendship is always a symbiotic relationship of two people wherein each one is equally concerned about the other and there is genuine adoration and mutual respect. On the other hand a fake friend is like a parasite that thrives on only one person’s efforts and inputs. Why waste energy and time in such negative relationships with friends who do not have anything to offer but are ready to suck the sap out of you.

Symbiotic relationship
Hoping that with these tips you find yourself well equipped with the knowledge of which friend is worth investing your time and happiness in and which one to be steered away.

Au Revoir!!

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Last Updated: 12th June, 2017