हैलो मित्रों
(Hindu for Hello Friends)
Karamo Brown host of the OWN Show will give you a brief explanation in the video message below of why National Friendship Day is important to him.  Karamo gives you a couple of ideas on showing gratitude toward your friends.

The OWN show is a digital exclusive web-show on Oprah.com  packaged into stackable moments, the show brings together stories, life-tips, and personalities from Oprah.com, OWN, and O Magazine with interactive elements from YOU, the community.

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National Friendship Day is August 3rd 

“Everyday can be Friendship Day”

Friendship day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards, but by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. 

However, in 1998 Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. The event was co-sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public Information and Disney Enterprises, and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford.   In April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!

According to the Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

Some friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of gifts and cards on this day. Friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of South America. With the advent of social networking sites, Friendship Day is also being celebrated online. 
The commercialization of the Friendship Day celebrations has led to some dismissing it as a “marketing gimmick”. 
Camille’s Note:  Whether one sees it as a “marketing gimmick”, another commercial Hallmark card day or some other cynical view point….I say we need to have more of these Friendship Days. Doing something positive to promote friendship and gratitude is better than doing nothing and stewing up feelings of being unappreciated by others thus leading to misunderstanding and divisiveness.
21-Day Meditation 

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You are welcome to share this complimentary 21-Day Meditation with your friends
आप अपने मित्रों के परिवार
(Friends are the Family You Choose)
Camille
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador

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