Relationships are a vital part and parcel of every individual’s life. Years come and go, but certain relationships last forever. Dive deep into the cultural sea of India and you can see that these eternal bonds are celebrated in some very special ways. One particular festival which rejoices in these sacred connections is Rakshabandhan, which is a celebration of the undying bond between a brother and sister.
Snehalaya is a unique family made up of all members of Indian society without discrimination. Our home of love is a great place for everyone to celebrate festivals and experience affection, intimacy, kindness, and develop life-long relationships. On Rakshabandhan, the sister ties a thread, also known as ‘Rakhi’ around her brother’s wrist which shows her adoration and wishes for her brother’s well being and good health. In return, the brother gives his sister a token of love and appreciation.
This centuries-old festival is known for its merriment between brothers and sisters and has become grander and elaborate in terms of its style and approach. Today, girls take the opportunity to dress up in traditional outfits like lehenga cholis, salwar suits, and sarees, adorned with authentic jewelry, simple or ornate depending on personal taste. The brothers join in with traditional kurta pajamas and new clothes, which are embroidered and designed.
Our Rehab Center and Balbhavan children love this festival, with each of our girls giving a rakhi to their chosen brother. These rakhis, which were once very simple, have now become extremely elaborate and glamorous. This year they were given extra glitz and glamour as our Balbhavan, English medium school and Rehab Center children made their own rakhis from silk threads embellished with stones, beads, old jewelry, saree decorations, and anything else they could find within their homes. They came up with some beautiful creations and their brothers loved them!
At the end of the day, the thoughts, unlimited blessings, promises, and love that are meted out to each other are the main ingredients that make this festival even more priceless and meaningful to be treasured for a lifetime.
Watch our Rakshabandhan Celebration Video here: