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Happy National New Friends Day 2024: Date, history, significance

National New Friends Day is observed every year all around the country with great enthusiasm to make new friends. The day encourages people to step out their comfort zone a little and try to meet new people everywhere and become friends with them. We all are social animals and as for so, we have to make friends to sense ourselves fulfilled and happy in our lives. But the matter of sorrow is that due to the daily rush of our lives, sometimes we not only tend to ignore our old friends but also forget to make new friends.

National New Friends Day 2024

National New Friends Day in 2024 is on Wednesday, October 19. The day brings us really a great opportunity to make new friends and make our lives colorful with all the great people. Though this beautiful idea of celebrating National New Friends Day was joyfully observed in our country, it started to become very much popular all over the world soon. Some important facts and details of National New Friends Day are mentioned in the table below.

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Happy New Friends Day Facts

Facts Details
National New Friends Day Observance 19th October every year
National New Friends Day is Celebrated in The United States
National New Friends Day Hashtag #NationalNewFriendsDay
Purpose of National New Friends Day To step out our comfort zone and try to meet new people and make new friends.

Celebrate National New Friends Day

Meeting new people, making new friends, exchanging greetings, cards and flowers are some of the traditional manners of celebrating National New Friends Day.  Many celebrate the day arranging different social and cultural functions, programs and get together and enjoy with new friends.

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National New Friends Day seems to have developed out of several existing holidays built around friends and friendship. Generally, there are several variations on a theme with National Make a Friend Day on February 11, Friendship Day and International Friendship Day both celebrated annually either on July 30 or August 1. However, National New Friends Day, seems to be an internet-generated holiday. There’s no actual date of first appearance but there are several related days with interesting origins. So, read on.

All of these days seem to spring out of a promotional effort by Hallmark Cards’ founder, Joyce Hall in the 1920s as a marketing tool to consumers. Unfortunately, a skeptical public never really embraced the idea of a friendship day.

By the 1920s, consumers were influenced by evolving movements in art and film and probably the promotion of friendship was viewed as a bit gimmicky. This started a downward spiral for a Friendship Day resulting in little interest in the 1930s. By the 1940s, Friendship Day all but disappeared. Still, Paraguay initiated World Friendship Day in 1958. Everybody needs friends.

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Then, something strange happened. Friendship Day became a “thing” in Asia with lots of interest and strong popularity. With the rise of the internet, GIFS and memes, it’s easy to cross physical boundaries to make friends across countries and even continents. By 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations got in on the action with another day, International Friendship Day, declaring its annual observance on July 30. This day is also celebrated on the first Sunday in August.

New Friends Day Quotes

“I destroy my enemy when i make him my friend.”
Abraham Lincoln

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
Walter Winchell

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
Elbert Hubard

“Friends are the best to turn to when you’re having a rough day.”
 Justin Bieber – Singer

“There’s not a word yet, for old friends who’ve just met.”
Jim Henson

“Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.”
 Virginia Woolf

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
 C.S. Lewis

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
Elbert Hubard

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National New Friends Day is such a wonderful day that creates room for us to have new connections in our life and make new friends everywhere we go. Happy New Friends Day to all!

José Vieira

José Vieira has been the event news writer at National Day Zreview since 2024. He researched the days and discovered fun facts. People looking for a reason to celebrate. His passion for helping everyone celebrate with special events, helpful tips, discounts, deals, and plenty of fun.

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