While flowers often have a romantic connotation, many floral bouquets are sent as a symbolic gesture of friendship. Friendship Day, which occurs in Hong Kong on the first Sunday of August, is the perfect opportunity to send a friendly gift. Not sure how to celebrate Friendship Day? This guide will show you how to celebrate this fun day.

What Is Friendship Day?

August 6th is Friendship Day in Hong Kong this year. On this day, friends send each other greeting cards, flowers, and other gifts to honor their special relationship. Today, many people celebrate online by sharing photos on social media. Some also celebrate the day by doing good deeds for other members of the community with the hope that everybody will pay it forward.

The first World Friendship Day was celebrated in July of 1958 when it was established by the World Friendship Crusade. This occurred in Paraguay, but now the holiday is acknowledged all over the world.

Flowers & Colors that Represent Friendship

Certain colors and types of flowers are more representative of friendship than others. Want to know which flowers to buy for this holiday? These flowers offer symbolic meaning among friends.

The alstroemeria is the flower most representative of friendship, so you will find it in many friendship bouquets. This flower also symbolizes good fortune and prosperity, so it offers double meaning.

Yellow roses are symbolic of friendship and happiness. They can also represent a new beginning, which makes them great if you are restarting a friendship that went stale for a period of time. You can also mix yellow or coral roses with orange to achieve the same message.

The chrysanthemum represents support, which can also turn over into friendship. In sending somebody a chrysanthemum, you are actually sending the message that you are always going to be there for them.

The iris is also often used to represent friendly relationships, and they can present a double meaning when paired with a beautiful ivy.

No matter which flower you select, make sure to include a personalized message to show exactly how much you care.

Our Favorite Friendly Flower Gift Ideas

With so many different friendly bouquets to choose from, we have a few favorites of our own. Here are some of our recommended bouquets for Friendship Day this year:

ThePink Blush bouquet is gorgeous and impressive. The lush bloom of alstroemeria are delightful and casual, offering a hint of fantastic color. Plus, this is one of the friendliest flowers you will find.


We also recommend theMixed Yellow Roses with Vase assortment, which offers elegant yellow roses. Yellow is symbolic of friendship, which makes the rose a genuine choice. Resting on seasonal foliage, these blooms are practical and fun.



Finally, we love theColorful Tulips Bouquet. This floral arrangement offers 20 to 24 stems of beautiful tulip blooms, hand-tied and adorned by foliage. Tulips are casual and fun, making them the perfect friendly flower.


Fun Facts about Friendship Day

  • Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship in 1998 at the United Nations.

  • Many nations celebrate World Friendship Day by educating the community about culture and customs of different nations to raise awareness and acceptance of diversity.

  • People who have strong relationships tend to live longer according to several studies. Friendships are included!

Tips for Maintaining a Friendship

Maintaining a friendship can be difficult enough on its own, but the struggles become more pronounced when you are contending with difficulties of life, including physical distance and the struggle of taking care of a family. These tips will help you maintain your friendships well beyond World Friendship Day:

  • Take and share photos of memories you make together. This will remind both of you of the good times you have had.

  • Plan a trip together so that you have something to look forward to together.

  • Take advantage of social media by sending messages and showing that you appreciate your friends.

  • Want to be more traditional? Sending written letters is one way to heal the bonds of physical distance.

Selecting a bouquet for a friend need not be hard this year. Shower your friends with love this year thanks to brilliant bouquets that they will remember. It is the thought that truly matters, and these gifts allow you to share your thoughts on this special day.