What to Do?
Flag and Shirts
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
2024; November 26, 2025; November 25, 2026
The fourth Wednesday in
November each year.
This day first launched on November
23, 2011, in a Civic Ceremony on the Southern Recreation Grounds.
Official remarks were given by His Excellency Sir Authur A. Foulkes,
Governor General for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band and soprano soloist, Nikita Wells, provided the music.
"The Bahamas, beautiful islands
Where there is sun, sand, sea, and friendship."
Friendship Day is designed to rekindle or cultivate and
inspire long-term friendship relationships among the
citizens and residents of The Bahamas. It is another
avenue to rejuvenate a spirit of togetherness, respect for
one another, unity and a healthy national pride. The goal
is to develop in each individual the responsibility to
restore and keep The Bahamas a friendly nation.
care for each other during this most difficult time. Do not
let the pandemic destroy our friendship for one another.
Rekindle or make friendships by using WhatsApp, the
telephone, a video messenger, etc.
Who Can Be
human being residing in The Bahamas.
Black and white,
religious and non-religious people.
Every business--bank, hotel, restaurant, convenient store,
food store chain, gas station, book store, hardware store,
lumber yard, mechanic shop, laundry, community library,
hospital, clinic, laboratory, legal firm, etc.
Every educational institution--preschool to university
Every government ministry/agency.
Every religious faith center-church, synagogue, assembly,
Individuals or Businesses
National Friendship Day?
you see in person or speak with via electronic mediums, "Happy
Zoom/Virtual friendship party, talent show, get together.
Be friendly and
kind to everyone you meeting on that day.
Go out of your
way to make a new, long-lasting friendship.
Renew a lost
Make is a point
to go outside your comfort zone to connect to someone on
Help a neighbor
to do something.
special for a co-worker.
Send a friendly
note or friendship letter to someone .
Give a cooked
meal to a friend or neighbor.
friendship card (electronic or hardcopy) to people on
your email/snail mail list.
Have a corner or
neighborhood friendship fun-time festival/party
Friendship Sunday/Sabbath in Churches during the nearest
worship day to National Friendship Day. During that
time use the Friendship Pledge and Friendship Song as a
part of the service. The sermon should be on
cultivating and maintaining friendship.
Friendship Assembly on National Friendship Day in
Schools. Use the Friendship Pledge and Friendship
Song during as special Friendship Assembly. Have a
guest speaker share on the importance of friendship.
And lots more .
What Can Businesses Do
on National Friendship Day?
Have a Friendship Day discount or sale on
all or select items
Have a Friendship Day treat/party at the
workplace for the public
Encourage staff to be extra friendly on that
Give away friendship balloons, cookies, tea,
water, etc. to everyone shopping at the
Let the staff ware the Friendship Day colors
(yellow or pink)
Turn Friendship Day into a sharing day on
the job. Every employee brings a simple gift
to give to another employee on that day.
And much more
Driven by the spirit of
friendship for my family, neighborhood and country,
My out stretched hands to serve and protect you
My attentive ears to care and listen to you
My winsome smiles to cheer and warm you
My rightly spoken words to inform and guide you
My time, efforts and motives to do to you as I would have
you do to me;
So together, under God we remain one people, UNITED.
Written by Patrice
Member of the National
Friendship Committee (c) 2011
Inspire Friendship Day
and Little Kindness" -- Secular,
Need a Friend" -Secular,
of a Friend" - Demi
What Friends Are For" -Secular, Dionne
Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder
You for Being Friend" - Secular, Andrew
on Me" -Secular
Michael W Smith
Lord and I" -Religious
Hymn by Mary Ann Shorey and Hubert P. Main
A Friend We Have in Jesus" -Religious
Sacred Bond of Friendship" - Classical
Mendelssohn: 6 Gesange, Op. 34" - Classical
Rubinstein: 2 Melodies, Op. 3" - Classical
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, "Pathetique" - Classical
This can be used
in school, church, radio
[ LISTEN ]
Lyrics and Music by Marguerite Samuel (c) 2011
Let all the nation
join us in love and friendship chords,
For each of us was
given a life to share his love.
Be kind to those who
do you wrong, and smile to cheer their day.
This simple act of
grace will change the pattern of disgrace.
We cannot let our
quarrels and preconceived ideas,
compassion, benevolence and grace.
For in our sin God
ransomed us, defeated every grave.
But if we love beyond
ourselves, our problems He will take.
When someone seems
too angry and their frustration stings,
Make sure to think
beyond their present so distinct.
Reach out to them;
don't mind the sting, for God's love conquers all.
Your kind embrace
will melt disdain on our Bahamian shores.
Friendship Anthem Sheet Music
Bahamas Friendship Council
Barrington H. Brennen, Founding Chair
Pastor Danhugh Gordon
Ambrosine Huyler Higgs
Rev Angela Palacious
Rev James Palacious
Dr. Edrica Richardson
Dr. Stephanie Hutcheson
Rev Melvin Grant