The capital that sets the trends for the entire country zealously celebrated World Friendship Day on Sunday, as is done every year on the first Sunday of August.
As you would traverse the streets of Delhi looking at the thronging crowds at marketplaces, amusement parks, and movie theatres, you would realise that this is another Valentine’s day in the making. Shinjani Agrawal of Class IX, Modern School, says, “About 10 of my friends and I will go out to Mocha, GK, in the evening and just chillout, sipping on coffee and chatting.” But that’s not all.
None of the ‘special days’ are complete without cards, letters, flowers and trinkets. Shinjani has already bought personalised cards for all her friends. E-greetings have crammed inboxes as much as texts have clogged mobile networks.
“SMSes started pouring in just after midnight, and I have received over fifty today,” she said. But Resham Pasan of St Marks School, Friendship Day will not take colour till tomorrow. “Since today is a school holiday, we’re all waiting for Monday so that we can exchange the bands we have bought for each other,” says Resham. Vindhya Sharma was lucky to have an extra-class in school on Saturday.
“We exchanged chocolates, goodies and the ceremonial friendship bands right after class got over,” says the Class IX student of Heritage School. “We had a fabulous time playing and pushing each other into the swimming pool,” she said. With so much excitement in the air, there are few who have not been infected with the F -Day fever. But what is so special about this day for the school going crowd? “Friendship Day is a wonderful opportunity to show how much we care for and love our friends,” Vindhya sums up perfectly.