Raksha Banshan (Rakhi): The festival to celebrate the brother-sister bond

Rakhi-Raksha Bandhan
Rakhi-Raksha Bandhan

New Delhi, Aug 24 (IBNS): The festival to celebrate the brother-sister bond comes again as on Tuesday people from different walks of life unite to celebrate the traditional Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi.

Raksha Bandhan — where a sister ties a rakhi, or holy thread on the wrist of her brother– has, however, evolved quite a lot with time.

If you are in Gujarat, for example, you can pick Rakhis that go upto thousands or even lakhs of rupees as rakhis made of gold or studded with diamonds and other gemstones happens to be the ‘in’ thing this season.

The market for these custom-made ‘high end’ rakhis begin at Rs 5,000 for the simplest ones and can go up to a considerable extent.

Despite the exorbitant prices, jewellers say the response had been more than encouraging.

Even if you happen to be Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan you are a brother first who should shower gifts on her doting sister on this day.

Abhishek says he has no clue on what gift he should buy for his sister Shweta who is apparently busy making a beautiful rakhi for her only brother.

“Rakhi is just round the corner. Most stressful time for all brothers! What do we get our sisters?” he tweeted on Saturday.

“Is there anything in the material world that represents our love for them? (side note to all the guys- don’t try this line on them, I have and it crashed and burnt!!)” (sic), he added.

“But then comes the guilt trip…‘I hand made this rakhi just for you’ and that’s it! You’re finished!!! Am pretty sure my sister is going to do just that very soon!” wrote the junior Bachchan.

His plight is shared by many brothers and the ‘stress’ is quite evident from the buzz in the Twitterverse and the Blogosphere.

If you are a Prime Minister, the job is simpler, writes one wag, as Manmohan Singh got away with greeting the nation on the eve of Raksha Bandhan and appealing to people to ‘uphold the dignity of women’.

Students of municipal schools from over 100 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools across Mumbai, however, are using the occasion to spread a very commendable message.

Girls of classes eight and nine are apparently busy making rakhi for their schoolmates urging them to never bond with tobacco and for local shopkeepers in the area with a plea not to sell tobacco products to children.

Calling themselves the ‘Super Army Jawans’ the girls will be joined by the boys who will come up with posters and signboards spreading their message against tobacco.

Rakhi
making gatherings are also the thing of the season and one such session was organised by a bookstore in Kolkata on Saturday.

Using eco-friendly materials, students of a city school designed and made rakhis for their siblings in the playful hour-long session.

And while Shayana, Drashta and all other girls made rakhis for either elder or younger brothers, Soumel of class four 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,” Soumel said.

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