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What would the world even be like without friends? Whether it's with people you've known forever or with those you've met only recently, friendship is a source of happiness, laughter, and amazing memories. While it's important to make time for your friends all year-round, it's especially nice if you can plan something special for National Friendship Day, which happens on the first Sunday in August every year.

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1. Origins of Friendship Day

National Friendship Day officially started in 1935 because American lawmakers wanted to recognize the important role friends play in each other's lives. Five years before, Hallmark Cards commercialized the concept to encourage people to buy greeting cards for their friends. The rest of the world caught on, with other countries introducing similar holidays. In 1958, the World Friendship Crusade selected July 30 as the date for World Friendship Day, a celebration of culture and peace. The United Nations' International Day of Friendship was unveiled in 2011 on the same date.

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