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Life isn’t simple, but when you have good friends by your side, it gets a lot easier. To celebrate the spirit of friendship, Friendship Day is commemorated every year with great cheer and joy. People get together and hang out at their favourite spots and exchange wrist bands, cards, and flowers to show their love for each other. While Friendship Day is a very popular event all around the world, social media and mobile phones have further catapulted its popularity. 

Different countries celebrate Friendship Day on different dates. Friendship Day India is observed every year on the first Sunday of August. Hence, Friendship Day 2020 in India will be celebrated on August 2. Friendship Day in Delhi is one of its kind as the Indian capital becomes the sight for exciting events, electrifying music, and streets filled with local delicacies and happy faces. This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic might take a toll on all the grand celebrations. 

History of Friendship Day 

Friendship Day in the US. The history of Friendship Day can be dated back to the 20th Century. It was on August 2 in 1930 when the founder of Hallmark cards, Joyce Hall, marked the day as Friendship Day when people would celebrate their friendships. While in the 1920s, it was heavily promoted by the National Association of Greeting Cards, it took no time for consumers to understand that it was more of a marketing gimmick. Hence, by the end of the 1940s, the trend of Friendship Day cards and the holiday died in the US. 

The Advent of World Friendship Day. The idea of World Friendship Day first originated in Paraguay when Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho was having dinner with his friends. The date was July 20, 1958, when World Friendship Day was born out of this humble meeting of mates. Later on, the date shifted to July 30, which is celebrated as Friendship Day in Paraguay every year, including many other countries. 

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Friendship Day Festival in Other Countries. Friendship Day is observed on different dates in different countries. Like India, countries like Bangladesh, UAE, and Malaysia celebrate it on the first Sunday of August every year. Countries like Brazil, Spain, Argentina, and Uruguay commemorate Friend’s Day on July 20. In Bolivia, Friendship Day is observed on July 23 every year. People search for Friendship Day messages and quotes to let their friends know how loved they are. 

Major Attractions of Friendship Day  

Friendship Day celebration in Delhi is a sight not to be missed. People of all ages visit all the popular destinations in the city to commemorate the day. People ditch the comfort of their homes to exploring different places in the town with their best friends. Here are some famous spots you can consider visiting on Friendship Day while in Delhi. 

1. Connaught Place. When it comes to the best places to hang out in Delhi, Connaught Place takes the top spot. Especially when you want to meet your friends and chill, you have to visit Connaught Place, or CP, as locals call it. On Friendship Day, Connaught Place is filled with events happening here and there. You can also spot fun contests happening outside the stores and restaurants that attract a lot of people. Live music and lip-smacking street food make the merriment even merrier. 

2. Hudson Lane. The north campus of Delhi University, on the whole, is one of the places that attract the youth of the city. But Hudson Lane is undoubtedly the best place to have a great time with your friends in cosy cafés. You can easily spot college pals hanging out in their favourite restaurants, devouring good food and clicking pictures. And the best part, chilling in a Hudson Lane café is always easy on the pocket. While you meet your friends, don’t forget to carry some cool wrist bands! 

3. India GateIf you are looking for a great photoshoot on Friendship Day, take your friends to India Gate. Although it will be a little too crowded on such a day, you still will have a brilliant time sitting in the beautiful lawns or going for a boat ride. It doesn’t matter what time it is for the spot is open all day and has no entry fee! 

How to Reach

Friendship Day festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and avidity throughout the country, but celebrations in Delhi are totally an unmissable affair. No matter where you are, you can easily reach Delhi by air, train, or by road. Here is how to reach the national capital of India. 

By Air. If you are travelling to Delhi by air, you will have to deboard at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. You can easily reach your destination by taking an auto, bus, cab, or metro from the airport. 

By Train. You can choose to deboard at the railway station closest to your respective destination. Some of the major ones are New Delhi Railway Station, Anand Vihar Terminal, Hazrat Nizamuddin, and Old Delhi Railway Station. 

By Road. Delhi has a brilliant road network. No matter which city you are travelling from, you can easily reach Delhi by bus, cab, or your own vehicle. The major Inter-State Bus Terminals in Delhi are Swami Vivekanand Inter-State Bus Terminus, Anand Vihar, Maharana Pratap Inter-State Bus Terminus, Kashmiri Gate, and Veer Hakikat Rai Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sarai Kale Khan.

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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