Día del Amigo

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Friend's Day (Spanish: Día del Amigo, Portuguese: Dia do Amigo) is observed every year on July 20 in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and on July 30 in Paraguay.

History[edit]

During the twentieth century, there were several initiatives for the celebration of Friendship Day around the world. In the United States and parts of Asia, the first Sunday of August was reported as the date of greeting and presenting gifts to friends, and at various times similar celebrations were formed in different countries of South America and Europe.

The initiative to establish an internationally recognized Friendship Day had a historical antecedent, the World Friendship Crusade (Cruzada Mundial de la Amistad). Designed by Dr. Ramón Artemio Bracho in Puerto Pinasco, Paraguay, in 1958, it was a campaign aimed to promote friendship between human beings so that a culture of peace would be fostered. As a result of this idea, July 30 was set as Friendship Day (Día de la Amistad).

Argentina[edit]

In Argentina, Friend's Day is an excuse for a friendly gathering and greeting both current and old friends. Since it is not an Argentine public holiday, people tend to gather during the evening.

Friend's Day has in recent years turned into a very popular mass phenomenon. In 2005, the amount of well-wishing friends led to a temporary breakdown of the mobile phone network in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba and Rosario, comparable to the one experienced in 2004 on Christmas and New Year's Day. Seats in most restaurants, bars, and other establishments are often completely booked a week before the celebration.

Since the death of the Argentine cartoonist and writer Roberto Fontanarrosa in 2007, a proposal has existed to change the date to July 19, the day of his death.[1][2]

Brazil[edit]

In Brazil Friend's Day is also celebrated on April 18.[3]

Paraguay[edit]

In Paraguay, the eve of July 30 is used for giving presents to close friends and loved ones, and celebrations are a common sight in bars and nightclubs. The game of the Invisible Friend (Amigo Invisible) is considered a tradition, in which small sheets of paper with names are given to all members of a group, each of them secretly selects one, and on July 30 gives a present to the person on the paper. This custom is practiced in both schools and workplaces in Asunción and other Paraguayan cities.

Peru[edit]

In Peru it is celebrated the first Saturday of July.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gran polémica gran: proponen adelantar el Día del Amigo en homenaje al Negro Fontanarrosa" [Grand controversy grand: they propose to advance Friend's Day in honor of Fontanarrosa]. Minutouno.com (in Spanish). 19 July 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2011. "En la actualidad, muchos "Canallas" bloggeros proponen a través de la web que sea el sábado 19 el día para celebrar el Día del Amigo en conmemoración a la muerte del dibujante, humorista y célebre escritor que dedicó miles de diálogos a la amistad entre Mendieta e Inodoro Pereyra, Roberto Fontanarosa." 
  2. ^ "El Día del Amigo ya tiene su previa en Internet" [Friend's Day already has a preview on the Internet]. Clarín (in Spanish) (Buenos Aires). 18 July 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2011. "Como si todo esto fuera poco, el usuario Pola91 creó un blog destinado exclusivamente a exigir que se cambie la fecha del Día del Amigo al 19 de julio, para recordar la partida del genial humorista gráfico y escritor Roberto "El Negro" Fontanarrosa." 
  3. ^ BRAZIL, Câmara dos Deputados. Datas Comemorativas. March 2003.