International
Friendship
Day
LA Resource – April 2015
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International Friendship
Day in Singapore
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When and Why?
• celebrated in schools on the 3rd Friday of Term 2
• is dedicated to the understanding of Singapore's relations with
neighbouring countries and beyond
• aims to nurture in students the spirit of friendship and
collaboration among different people
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How?
• understand the different cultures beyond Singapore
• appreciate cultural diversity
• nurture a willingness to embrace others from diverse
backgrounds
• cultivate strong bonds of friendship between students and their
international friends
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International Friendship
Day(s) around the World
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United States of America
• originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark
cards in 1930
• celebrated on 2nd August by sending cards
• Initially seen as too commercial, but popularity has increased
over time or since UN’s approval.
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Paraguay
• the idea of a World Friendship Day was first proposed on 20
July 1958 by Dr. Artemio Bracho in Paraguay
• World Friendship Crusade founded to promote friendship and
fellowship among all human beings, regardless of race, color
or religion
• 30 July is celebrated as Friendship Day in Paraguay and
several other countries
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United Nations
• In 2011, the United Nations recognised 30 July as World
Friendship Day
• Renamed it as the International Day of Friendship
• Invited all Member States to observe it in accordance with their
own culture and customs
• Encouraged to promote the event through education and public
awareness-raising activities
• In 1998, the UN Secretary's wife, Nane Annan, named Winnie
the Pooh as the Ambassador of Friendship at the UN
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Friendship Day Quotes
On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate
warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and
promote the well-being of the human family.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world
together.
Woodrow Wilson
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Friendship Day Quotes
Winnie the Pooh, on The Joys of Friendship...
A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of
honey left inside.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The word ‘Friend’ in different languages…
Language
Equivalent Word for Friend
Haitian
zanmi
Finnish
ystava
Japanese
yujin
Mandarin
pengyou
Dutch
vreind
German
freund
Portugese
amigo
Bulgarian
priyatel
Tamil
nanbar
Malay
rakan
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The word ‘Friend’ in different languages…
Language
Equivalent Word for Friend
Indonesian
teman
Filipino
kaibigan
French
ami
Greek
filos
Korean
chingu
Italian
amico
Icelandic
vinur
Somali
saaxiib
Swahili
rafiki
English
friend
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