- The first World Friendship Day was proposed in Paraguay in 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, a group founded by noted doctor Ramon Artemio Bracho during a dinner with his friends
- Friendship Day is celebrated on different dates around the world – July 30 by the United Nations, April 08 in Ohio and the first Sunday of August in places like India
- The world’s ambassador of Friendship is the loveable children’s character Winnie the Pooh, named so by Nane Annan, the wife of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan
- Legends from the Bhavishya Purana suggest that rakhis were not limited to brother-sister relationships. It is believed that during the great war between demons and gods, Indra was discredited by the demon king Bali. His wife went to Vishnu, who gave her a holy thread made of cotton which she blessed with her prayers and tied it around Indra’s wrist. This helped Indra defeat Bali.
- The Bhagavata Purana shows how the rakhi helped Goddess Lakshmi return home. When her husband Vishnu stayed at king Bali’s palace on the latter’s request, Lakshmi tied a rakhi around the king’s wrist. As her gift, she asked that her husband be freed from the king’s request so they could return to their home in Vaikuntha that she pined for.
- It is said that when Alexander the Great attacked India, his wife Roxana sent a sacred thread to Porus for his protection. The Indian king went into battle with Alexander but did not attack him personally thanks to the helpful reminder tied around his wrist.
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