What comes to mind when you think of August? Yes, you’re right – That’s Friendship Day. Every year, the first Sunday of August is celebrated as “Friendship Day”. During school days, we never miss any opportunity to celebrate on the earlier Friday or next Monday.
From “Nanban” to “Endrendrum Punnagai” friendship has been an entertaining theme with several movies dedicated to this beautiful bond.
On this friendship day, let’s recall those days how we used to celebrate in school.
1) Ranking rules
Not everyone around you is your friend. Planning starts a week before. Writing down the friends’ names in a piece of paper according to the level of attachment. The most costliest band or a gift goes to the best friend and the cheaper ones for others.
2) Budget is everything you need
Getting money from parents is the toughest job. Pocket money and piggy bank savings always come to the rescue. Keeping in mind that each band should not exceed more than 5 bucks we always end up getting more.
3) Hunting for shops after school hours.
For at least once in a year, these shops will be flooded with friendship bands, gifts, cards, stickers etc. Bargaining comes naturally “Anna! Ethunachi kammi pannunga na”.
4) Special DIY bands
While the “banda party” visits Archies to go for the latest trend, on the other hand, the “Kanjoos friend” makes personalized band by themselves using coloured threads and beads. No matter how they look – good or disgusting, it’s a friendship that matters.
5) The Dark Side of Friendship
Many friendships were also broken if somebody you expected a lot forgets to tie a friendship band for you. “I thought we were best friends, but I was wrong” – it meant an end of the world to you and World War 2 begins.
A night before, friends would call up each other and ask “Macha,are you getting friendship bands tomorrow“? just to avoid getting “bulb” from all. The answer will always be yes!
6) Highest number of bands = Popular Kid in the class!
Finally, on the day, we reach school on time like “sincere sigamani” (sincere kid) with curious faces to find out how many bands are waiting. At the end of the day, we keep counting the bands. Whoever gets the maximum number of bands is regarded as the most popular kid in the class. “Semma gethu” (pride) moment isn’t it?
7) Pyaar Dosti hai – Love is friendship
If a girl ties a friendship band to a boy in public, it is assumed that they have a soft corner for each other.
They are trolling mercilessly every day until the girl ties a rakhi. Some even try their second chance after being rejected on Valentine’s Day.
Picture Abhi Bakhi hai mere dost!
No ! Friendship bands were not just enough. Some friendships go one step forward by exchanging musical greeting cards with envelopes “open with a smile” written on them, twin pendants that could split into two and e-cards. Back home finally, we keep it safe by adding to our collection, no brother or sister is allowed to touch after all it is our precious asset for a lifetime.