At Mithibai College, the otherwise sombre zoology class was decorated with balloons and ‘Happy Friendship Day’ posters on Saturday.
Students exchanged cards, chocolates, mugs, books and soft toys to celebrate the day that falls on the first Sunday of August. Since colleges are shut on Friendship Day, students celebrate it on campus on either Saturday or Monday.
For Mukund Gawd, 21, a final-year zoology student at Mithibai, this Friendship Day celebration was extremely special. “We did not want to celebrate the day by just tying friendship bands. It is our last year and we wanted to do something that we would always remember. We organised a lunch at class and hung out till noon,” said Gawd.
“Although just one day, it is a way of showing our gratitude and affection towards our friends. We got teachers to be part of the get-together because after three years, they too, have become our friends,” he added.
For many students like Gawd, Friendship Day has gone beyond the traditional tying of ribbons and bands on each other’s wrists. Students are now organising dance parties in college, interactive sessions with special students and icebreaker events for new students.
At SIES College in Sion, students decided to spend Saturday morning with differently-abled students from the Pradnya Vision Centre at SIES College.
Pushpa Devendra, 18, a second-year arts student, who regularly volunteers to be a writer for visually-challenged children, made cards for them and put together a small entertainment programme with the help of the centre’s staff.
“They have been my friends for many years now. As they could not see the cards, I described the cards to them and read out the personal messages. We also sang friendship songs and danced on them. It was a joy to see them laugh and dance,” said Devendra.
“We were very touched that Pushpa came to spend time with us. We loved the personal messages and hope we will continue to be friends in the future,” said Ayaz Chaudhary, 23, a visually-challenged student from the first-year arts course.
Teachers at Lala Lajpat Rai College at Mahalaxmi helped their students organise a disco party on Saturday.
“Students have been busy with internal assessments and assignments, so we thought this would be a good change for them,” said professor Poornima Sharma.
The party also served as an icebreaker for students who had just joined college.
“I spoke to people I had never spoken to before. It was a good feeling to make new friends. It was a unique Friendship Day and I can’t wait to tell my other friends about it,” said Viraj Shah, 18, a first-year commerce student.