New Friends Day is celebrated annually on October 19th. This holiday is dedicated to the search for new acquaintances, which may well develop into a long and reliable friendship. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that a person needs social support, and it is thanks to the presence of connections in society that his life becomes happy and fulfilling.
The origin of this national day is not exactly known, but it is believed that its creators are Internet users. In addition, in the 1920s, Hallmark Cards founder Joyce Hall proposed creating an analogue of New Friends Day, but used it as a marketing tool to attract customers – the public did not take this initiative well. But nevertheless, in 1958, the creation of the World Friendship Day was initiated in Paraguay.
In 2011, the UN announced the creation of another International Day of Friendship, which is celebrated annually on the first Sunday of August. Perhaps the creation of New Friends Day was inspired by previously created holidays aimed at uniting and friendship of people.
- in 1966, Elliot Aronson talked about the “clumsiness effect”, according to which awkward people can appear more attractive and make friends more easily;
- the symbol of world friendship is the character of Winnie the Pooh, as announced by the wife of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in 1998;
- 90% of social network users claim that the strongest friendship can be created exclusively through live communication and personal meetings;
- according to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, a person is the average of the five personalities with whom he spends the most time.
How to celebrate
On this national day, you can try to make new friends, and these can be people that you often run into in the store, in a cafe or at work. To start communication, you just need to talk to a stranger or unfamiliar person, try to get to know him better. Also now you can make new friends on social networks on the Internet – for many years you have been communicating with your Internet friends, and on the occasion of the holiday you can finally meet them in person.
When is New Friends Day celebrated in 2022?
New Friends Day is observed on October 19 each year.