Raksha Bandhan

by duncanr

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One of the things I love about living in a multi-cultural city like Birmingham is the exposure to the customs and celebrations of different peoples

Today, for instance, is Raksha Bandhan – a day Hindus set aside to celebrate and strengthen the bond of love and protection between a brother and a sister . . .

The central ceremony involves . . .the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.[ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raksha_Bandhan)

India’s President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have all issued public statements in support of Raksha Bandhan and the message behind the celebration  (http://tinyurl.com/n4pwjp8)

Though the need for Manmohan Singh to stress that Raksha Bandhan  . .  “is also an occasion to re-commit ourselves to ensuring the safety and security of women” is a reminder of the wide gap in India between the protection promised women during Raksha Bandhan and the discrimination, abuse, and sexual violence many suffer daily !

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3 Comments to “Raksha Bandhan”

  1. “…the wide gap in India between the protection promised women during Raksha Bandhan and the discrimination, abuse, and sexual violence many suffer daily”.

    But Raksha Bandhan is just another way of reinforcing the dominance of males over females: even though it’s ostensibly for love and protection, it obviously results in control, and control leads to repression, violence and, sometimes, death.

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  2. Raksha bandhan/rakri is a wonderful celebration for Hindus and Sikhs. I look forward to it every year because I get the chance to reunite and catchup with all of my cousin brothers 🙂

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