On August 13, we Indians will celebrate a beautiful festival called 'Raksha Bandhan'.
This festival is all about the relationship shared by a brother and a sister.
Just like ceremonies and traditions are an important part of every festival across the world, the main ceremony associated with 'Raksha Bandhan' involves the sister tying a 'rakhi' or a sacred thread on her brother's wrist. This thread is symbolic of her love and prayers for her brother's well being and happiness and marks a life-long vow of the brother to protect his sister in all circumstances.
You know, folks, that moment when the rakhi adorns the brother's wrist – is the most beautiful moment one can ever imagine. I go through this heart melting moment every year with a lump in my throat and moisture in my eyes. And, when my bro plants a tender kiss on my forehead, we know in our heart of heart, that we are inseparable – no matter what.
Since last 5 years, my brother's wrist flaunts not one but two 'rakhis'
One – by me. The second one by – Pari! Yes, you may be wondering since when did this bro-sis festival turned into an Uncle-niece thing? Well, my darling daughter is so close to her mama (Uncle) that she considers him her bro, her Uncle and even her boyfriend! Ha! Alright, so be it. Tying a rakhi also entitles her to a gift that the sister gets from her brother!
This year, for the first time Pari has made 'rakhis' with her own hand for her Uncle, Manish and for her favourite God – Ganesha, who she also considers her brother and her best friend.
I was able to take pictures only after she had made these with her friend, Sama. I have been really really short of time last few days due to dozens of To Dos that need urgent attention. Hence, I gave them some wool yarn and other tid bits and a rough idea of how to make. And, they were pretty much on their own.
I think the girls did a fantastic job. What do you think?
On another note, wool yarn are one of my favourite art/craft material. Their colours, softness, texture and flexibility and strength can make possible an array of artsy and craftsy stuff.
In a way, 'rakhis' are like friendship bands
The only difference being these are meant for brothers and sisters and the belief system is age-old and intense. Also, I forgot to mention earlier, the 'rakhi' tying ceremony is preceded by the sister doing a 'tilak' on her brother's forehead and is followed by an 'aarti'. You might get an idea looking at the picture. :) The handsome guy here is none other than my bro – Manish!
Pari tying 'rakhi' to my bro – last year. The 'aarti' is a silver/copper tray carrying a 'moli' (a sacred thread), a lighted clay/silver lamp, rice grains, a coconut/fruit and the red powder which is diluted with water and applied on the forehead.
Which is the festival in your culture/country that's closest to your heart?
I would love to know. Please, please, please share. :)
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