INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP: JULY 30, 2016

International Day of Friendship

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.

The UN has a special day to promote the concept of friendships across diverse backgrounds and cultures.
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What Do People Do?

To mark the International Day of Friendship, the UN encourages governments, organizations, and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

Public Life

The International Day of Friendship is a UN observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. The UN wanted for the day to involve young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

International Day of Friendship Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type
Sat Jul 30 2011 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Mon Jul 30 2012 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Tue Jul 30 2013 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Wed Jul 30 2014 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Thu Jul 30 2015 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Sat Jul 30 2016 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Sun Jul 30 2017 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Mon Jul 30 2018 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Tue Jul 30 2019 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance
Thu Jul 30 2020 International Day of Friendship United Nations observance

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