International Friendship Day

Nothing in the world
better and more enjoyable friendship;
excluded from the life of friendship —
's like to deprive the world
sunlight. Cicero



International Friendship Day (International Day of Friendship) — one of the youngest of holidays in the calendar. The decision to hold the UN General Assembly adopted a April 27 in 2011 at its 65th session. The ideological basis for the new date became Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the benefit of the planet (it covers the period 2001-2010).

The United Nations invited the public entities, and and international and regional organizations to observe the day in accordance with the cultural traditions of a particular country. Especially in the UN resolution highlights the importance of the new date in strengthening the friendly relations between peoples. "The friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire efforts to bring peace and makes it possible to build bridges between societies that honor cultural diversity" — the document says.

In addition, one of the objectives of the International Day of Friendship — attracting young people, including the future leaders in social activities designed to respect the perception of different cultures.

At present, in many countries around the world each year carries out activities related to the promotion of friendship. From now added to their list of program and Friendship Day.

It is worth noting that the International Friendship Day, established by the UN — is not the only festival of this kind: June 9 notes International Day of friends.