Being apart from your friends is hard, especially for kids who can’t spend time with their favourite people. With a little thought and creativity, you can make the most of your time with friends even while social distancing. Try some of these inspiring ideas to stay connected to loved ones near and far as you celebrate The International Day of Friendship.
World Friendship Day, also known as International Day of Friendship, is celebrated on 30th July. The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
The International Day of Friendship is an initiative that follows on the proposal made by UNESCO defining the Culture of Peace as a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by addressing their root causes with a view to solving problems. It was then adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997.
Host a virtual baking day. Now that baking is on the rise and social distancing is keeping friends from having regular get-togethers, why not work on the same baking project, and enjoy the delicious results over a virtual meet-up? Grab your cupcake mix along with colorful icing and sprinkles to inspire creativity.
Send personal messages with painted rocks. Get a handful of smooth rocks, a set of paint and surprise your friend by leaving a set of decorated rocks at their home. Decorate with their names, images of their favourite things or fun times from the past — whatever gets the message across. Then, leave these personalised rocks on their porch, along their walkway, or somewhere they’ll be sure to spot them the next time they head outside.
Host a virtual game night. Test your knowledge of each other's families. Even if you miss a few answers, everyone will hear some surprising new tidbits and get to know more about each other.
Have a living room dance party. Music has the power to evoke emotion and memory, which is why a collection of songs can serve as a sonic memory album. Why not liven up your friend’s day with a play list? With minimal effort, the right music can transport someone back to the decade you met, to a memorable day at the amusement park, or just inspire everyone to get on their feet and have a dance party.
Share photo memories. We all have photos saved up on our devices, but how often do we print, let alone share? Scroll through your images and select a few special memories to print and assemble in a special book for a friend. Some may capture special moments from past events, or the subject’s unique personality. Either way, your friend will appreciate the kind gesture.