Friendship Day is celebrated every year, on the first Sunday of August. In 2011, it will be celebrated on 7th August. The day for the occasion was declared by the US congress in 1935. The occasion began as a small event, to commemorate the relation shared by friends. Today, it has taken the shape of a grand festival. Gone are the days, when holidays such as Friendship Day were confined to the westerners. Today, since the world has turned into a global village, people in the rest of the world have adopted the festival wholeheartedly and celebrate it with great enthusiasm, just like any other occasion. They can easily relate them to the festival, because no one can merely survive without having at least a true friend in his/her life.
The idea of honoring friendship has been appreciated by people in many countries of the world. Over the passing years, the festivities related to Friendship Day have become even more colorful. The exchange of gifts, flowers, friendship bands and greeting cards has become an important part, rather, a tradition of Friendship Day. The festival has proved to be a boon for the retailers of gift and card galleries, because they cash in a lot of money on the occasion. Apart from the exchange of gifts, partying all through the night is one of the recent developments of Friendship Day. The trend of partying is seen largely among the youngsters. In the present time, get-together and reunions have taken the shape of parties.
With the advancement in the field of science and technology, connecting to friends on the wonderful occasion of Friendship Day has become easier. Today, friends living in two corners of the world are just a mouse click away from each other. Internet, the largest virtual information bank on earth, has influenced the life of netizens in many ways. The most popular methods to convey wishes to friends, on the festival, are web cam chatting and sending e-cards. In addition to this, chatting service has provided the opportunity for people to develop virtual friendships as well.
Another development in information technology is sending SMS text messages to convey wishes to loved ones on ceremonious occasions like Friendship Day. Now, sending wishes is not just limited to greeting cards, letters or e-mailing. You can stay in touch with your long lost friends, by sending timely wishes to them, via SMS, on every occasion, including Friendship Day. Apart from being easy and fast, the service has proven a hit among the youngsters. This has paved the way for the creation of interesting, emotional, inspirational and funny messages based on Friendship Day, which are exchanged every year, by people across the world. Hence, it can be said that Friendship Day is commercially significant and socially a hit amongst people of all ages.