Sai Teja, 12, right, a CFCA sponsored child in Hyderabad, India, accepts a rakhi from his sister, Sai Sushnitha, during the Raksha Bandhan festival.
Sreekanth Gundoji, our communications liaison in Hyderabad, India, sends us this report about an Indian festival, Raksha Bandhan.
The festival took place this year on Aug. 13.
Raksha Bandhan is a festival in India that celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters.
On this day siblings pray for one another’s well-being and wish one another happiness and prosperity.
The name “Raksha Bandhan” means “a bond of protection.”
Brothers promise to protect their sisters from all harms and troubles, and the sisters pray to God to protect their brothers from all evil.
The festival is celebrated in the full moon day of Shravana masam (according to the Hindu calendar), which generally comes in August.
A closer view of the rakhi on Sai Teja’s wrist.
A sister will tie the thread called rakhi on their brother’s wrist, taking his blessing (if the brother is older, or if he is younger, the brother takes his sister’s blessing) and praying for his well-being, and the brother promises to take care of his sister.
The rakhi reminds the brother of his responsibility toward his sister and also for her care of him.
Brothers and sisters of all ages celebrate the festival. Most places in India celebrate it regardless of caste and religion.
Some families in other religions still mark the festival to bring happiness and peace to all.