Missing my Indian festivals a lot
August 29 is Raksha Bandhan an Indian festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.
On this day sisters tie a Rakhi (a sacred thread) on their brother's wrist. It symbolises a sister's love and prayers for the well-being off her brother and her brother's lifelong vow to protect her. Hence Raksha - to protect Bandhan - to tie.
I haven't celebrated this festival for a long time as my brother and I live in different countries. But when we were together in India, I would tie a rakhi on his wrist and give him his favourite sweet (chocolate or cake) and he would give me a gift, usually money.
I think this is a beautiful tradition that brings brothers and sisters closer and reinforces the loving bond that siblings have.
I think the tradition originated sometime in the 1500s when soldiers went to war, their families tied a sacred thread to bless them for success and thereby protect the families and villages.
Raksha Bandhan is one of my favourite festivals and I miss it a lot.
a virtual rakhi for my brother which I will send to him next weekend
Some fragments for Friday though it is now Sunday :)
Updating my CV - less is more is my mantra for it and I've been culling a lot from it. It's looking pretty good now.
Each time my son's assignment hand in date nears, I wonder if it's my test or his.
Winter is nearly over and I am looking forward to some warmer days. It's been so cold lately.
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