Visakhapatnam

Bonding over bands and memories

Down the memory lane: People celebrating at Diamond Park in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

Down the memory lane: People celebrating at Diamond Park in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.  

Gift shops, restaurants and pubs make brisk business on Friendship Day

The city witnessed a fun-filled Sunday as young and old alike celebrated the ‘Friendship Day’.

Youngsters were seen tying friendship bands to each other as the gift shops, hotels, pubs and hangouts saw a huge rush. Friendship bands, coffee mugs, greeting cards, chocolates, key chains and other goodies were sold like hot cakes. Many youth went for a long drive along the coastal stretch, while a few youngsters gifted their friends in a unique way.

Of selfies and goodies

The youth went on rides along the Beach Road and took selfies, while the elders went down the memory lane to relive the good old days with their pals.

Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year.

Huge number of youngsters thronged malls, multiplexes, coffee shops, restaurants, food zones, movie theatres, breweries. CMR Central at Maddilapalem registered a heavy footfall of college-goers for whom several events were organised. The beach also witnessed a huge rush in the evening.

People have their in-boxes in social media platforms flooding with messages. “I have received a good number of messages on phone since morning. My friends, who are usually busy throughout the year, would definitely not forget to wish me. This is the best thing I like about the Friendship Day,” said D Madhav Reddy, a private employee.

“I ordered pastries online and have it delivered to my friends’ houses. They were surprised. By the evening, we met in in one of our pal’s house,” said P. Kalyani, a student of Dr. L. Bullayya College.

The city hotels and pubs hosted a series of events including DJ and music nights.

Members of youth wing of Simhachalam Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi celebrated the day with the inmates of Loyal Old Age Home at Simhachalam on Sunday. They tied friendship bands to the inmates. The youth shared some lighter moments with the senior citizens. Later, the young wing members went to the government hospital at Pendurthi and distributed new clothes to the newborns and offered fruits to the new mothers. They also cleaned the hospital premises.

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