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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.
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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SatJul 302011International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
MonJul 302012International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
TueJul 302013International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
WedJul 302014International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
ThuJul 302015International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
SatJul 302016International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
SunJul 302017International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
MonJul 302018International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
TueJul 302019International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance
ThuJul 302020International Day of FriendshipUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

The International Day of Friendship is annually held on July 30 to celebrate friendships worldwide.

International Day of Friendship 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

International Day of Friendship 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Day of FriendshipEnglish
Día Internacional de la AmistadSpanish
היום הבינלאומי של ידידותHebrew
اليوم الدولي للصداقةArabic
우정의 날Korean
Internationaler Tag der FreundschaftGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on July 30, 2016

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