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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.

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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.

World Friendship Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2016SatJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2017SunJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2018MonJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2019TueJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2020ThuJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2021FriJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2022SatJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2023SunJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2024TueJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance
2025WedJul 30World Friendship DayUnited Nations observance

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