Raksha Bandhan 2010: Kolkata children bond over Rakhis

Rakhi in Kolkata
Rakhi in Kolkata

Kolkata, Aug 22 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): To celebrate the festival of bonds — Raksha Bandhan — a special Rakhi making session for children was organised by Oxford Bookstore, here on Saturday.

In India, Raksha Bandhan is a day which celebrates the brother-sister relationship and the participating children here learnt the art of making colourful rakhis, with papers, cotton, glue, crayons and sparkles.

The session, in which children from South City International School took part, was also used to raise social awareness by not allowing the use of any plastic components to make the rakhis.
All materials used for rakhi making were eco-friendly and bio-degradable, said the organisers.

The hour-long programme ended with the children being awarded souvenirs and certificates.

Aashvika, a class four student, who created a very beautiful rakhi for her elder brother, said, “My bhaiya gives me splendid gifts, and every year we along with our parents go for dinner.”

And while Shayana, Drashta and all other girls made rakhis for either elder or younger brothers, Soumel Mitra of class four had a very different opinion, he made the rakhi for his sister.

“My sister is now working, so she doesn’t get much of time to make one. That is why I am making it on her behalf,” said Soumel.

Raksha Bandhan celebrations have deep significance to Bengal’s history. In 1905, when the British decided on partitioning Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore arranged the festival as a platform to spread the bond of love, nationality and brotherhood among the Hindus and Muslims.

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