There was a time when Friendship Day was a big deal. We'd restlessly wait for one whole year just for that one day. Even though it fell on Sundays, we never left a chance to celebrate on the preceding Friday. Here's a look back on all the 18 things that almost always happened in every school on Friendship Day.
1. Preparations began at least a week in advance. Everybody saved whatever they could out of their 'pocket money' just to buy those fancy friendship bands. The night before was spent just planning out the list of friends you'd buy it for, because there was no way your parents would let you buy too many of them.
2. We all had some of those friends we were never really sure about. Most of us bought a few extra friendship bands to be on the safe side, just in case that girl from C Section got one for us! Nobody wanted to be the 'unfriendly' one. The more friends you had, the happier you were!
3. Guys would call each other up the night before, asking "tu laa raha hai na friendship bands kal?" just to be sure they were not the only ones getting them to school. Of course, the answer was always yes, because everybody wanted to be a part of the grand celebration.
4. When the trend had just started in Indian schools, you could see every school kid sporting dozens of friendship bands on their tiny wrists, wearing wide grins on their faces. And when it was banned, we all knew where to hide the bands whenever there was a checking early in the morning.
5. Every kid would come early to school wearing a curious smile on their faces, wanting to know how many friendship bands they were going to get. We all had an expected number in mind and constantly wished we got more bands than that.
6. Finally, declarations were made. Friendship Day was the truest test of friendship there could ever be.
7. For some reason, the order in which you tied the bands onto your friends' wrists determined the degree of your friendship with them. There was no way you could tie a band on an acquaintance's wrist before your BFF. You just couldn't.
8. No, friendship bands were never enough. We just had to buy fancy, musical greeting cards from Archies for those few special friends. The envelopes were sealed with 'open with a smile' written on them.
9. And when the internet took over, we had e-cards to up our cool quotient. How we loved sending links to those e-cards to each other on our 'cooldude90' and 'cutegal' email IDs. What memories!
10. The friendship band you bought showed how much you really loved your friend. If the friend was really special, you'd get a customized one made out of beads that read their name! Some girls even made the friendship bands themselves out of coloured threads.
11. And of course, there were girls who'd take it up a notch higher by getting those silly twin pendants that could be split into two and shared by them. Remember those two girl BFFs, one of whom wore a lock around her neck and the other one, a key, or even worse, the girls who wore broken hearts!
12. Even though celebrating the day wasn't officially allowed, there was always one performance by the school band in the assembly. And no matter which school you went to, Friendship Day remained incomplete till there was a 'Yaaron Dosti' or a 'Pal' performance.
13. Some kids would even get their slam books filled by each and every classmate just to remember the good old times later in life.
14. The occasion was so celebratory, we'd ask every teacher, mind it, every damn teacher to give us a free period. Of course, most of them never agreed and there was no way we were going to let the opportunity go without bargaining. So, ultimately, we at least got to sit with our best friends for the day.
15. Friendships were broken more than they were made on this day. If someone you were really counting on did not tie a friendship band on your wrist, it meant the end of the world to you. "…but I thought we were friends!" There was no way you two were talking to each other ever again.
16. If a girl tied a friendship band on a guy's wrist in full public view, it was assumed that they had a crush on each other. They were teased endlessly every day till the girl finally gave in and tied a Rakhi on his wrist a few days later!
17. Nobody said it out loud, but secretly, we all took Friendship Day as some sort of competition. The more bands you got, the cooler, more popular you were! Mind you, the competition was fierce.
18. Lastly, Friendship Day was the day for the guys who had gotten rejected on the 14th February to try their luck with their crush once again! Did it ever work? You know it better, don't you?
To read about the 12 things we all miss about school, click here.
Photo: © BCCL (Main Image)