Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival which celebrates the love, duties and responsibilities between a brother and sister. The tradition dictates sisters should tie a Rakhi (I don’t know how to describe this other than a colourful string) around her brother’s wrist to affirm their relationship; for her brother, a sister is expressing her love and hope for the well-being of her brother and in return, the brother pledges to protect his sister from danger, evil and harm.
Though many argue the ritual teaches girls from a young age that they will always need the men in their lives to protect them and this works against much of the progress feminism has made – especially within the last decade – I think we should focus on the other side of the argument; how this festival brings families and siblings of all ages together.
For many years I have witnessed my mother be reunited with her siblings who all live in different continents through the Rakhris that are tied in person and those that are sent in the mail sometimes up to weeks in advance to make sure they arrive on time. Raksha Bandhan reminds us to take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate our siblings; and reminds us the love we share with them is one of a kind.
~ Happy Raksha Bandhan to all of those who celebrated ~