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66% say yay to friendship day

Youngsters spend up to Rs.1,000 on friendship bands and gifts.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2011 01:54 IST

It’s not a national holiday or a festival, but youngsters across the Capital say they still celebrate Friendship Day. Most plans include spending the day with friends or having a special dinner with their one best friend. Traditionally, the day is marked by friends tying colourful bands on each others’ wrists. Off late, however, partying has become a big part of the celebrations. “I am throwing a bash at a club in Rajouri Garden and have already booked the place for Rs. 10,000,” says Tanya Gaba of IP University. “I always celebrate friendship day, and I’m very excited,” says Jatin Kumar of Hans Raj College.

Khyati Miglani of IP University has planned a surprise party for her best friend Ramanpreet. “Yes, I believe in friendship day and I always celebrate it with my best friend. I always plan something special for her,” she says. However, this doesn’t mean that friendship bands are passe. In fact, most spend close to Rs. 500 on buying colourful friendship bands from gift shops. “I spend about Rd. 450 - Rs. 500 on friendship bands,” says Jaspreet Kaur Chugh of SGBT Khalsa College. However, there are some who feel the day is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. “I’ve realised that it’s a show-off day for kids. Real friends don’t need any friendship bands,” says Akash Arora of Vivekanand Institute of Professional Studies.

historic too

Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1919, to be celebrated on the first Sunday of August n It was only on April, 27, 2011, that the General Assembly of the United Nation declared the first Sunday of August as the official International Friendship Day n In 1998, Nane Annan, the wife of then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations

a day to cherish friendship

Yes, I celebrate friendship day. I go out for lunch with my friends. I usually spend around Rs.1,000, but I don’t tie friendship bands anymore. Harshleen Kaur, Shri Ram College of Commerce

I am planning to go for a movie. I also have a house party for my friends so everyone can come over. Divya Kohli, IP University

I don’t believe in this. Friendship never demands any special day for celebration. Gifts and friendship bands are just a formality Manali Arora, IP University

I think friendship doesn’t need a special day. You can hangout with friends whenever you want. Hunar Chadha, MBS School of Planning and Architecture.