14 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Raksha Bandhan honors eternal tie between siblings, acts of love and protection

Sisters tie sacred thread of protection around their brothers' wrists, symbolizing a promise to safeguard one another

Raksha Bandhan is a symbol of unbreakable bond of love, affection, and trust between brother and sister, but Ajeet Parsad is missing this annual festivity as he is living in Lahore – away from his family which is settled in Hindu-majority Mithi city of Sindh’s Tharparkar district.

“Raksha Bandhan facilitates a long-awaited meeting with my sisters and sister-cousins, as both sides wish to enjoy this beautiful day with the same excitement as we did as children,” Ajeet Parsad told Jarida Daily as he is busy for upcoming exams.

Raksha Bandhan is observed on the last day of Shraavana – the fifth month of the Hindu lunar calendar. “In our families, Raksha Bandhan is a time of happiness, gift-sharing, and cherished traditions, as we all siblings come together to celebrate an unbreakable bond,” Ajeet Parsad said.

He also shared his feelings and past experiences to celebrate Raksha Bandhan in his hometown. To a question, he said that he has a bunch of sacred threads as a reminder of his commitment to his sisters and sister-cousins. He mentioned delicious dishes and special sweets that were part of the festivities.

Priyanka Kapoor considers Raksha Bandhan as special occasion to tie sacred thread of protection around brother’s wrists

Priyanka Kapoor said that Raksha Bandhan not only strengthens the sibling relationship but also nurtures feelings of unity, love, and respect within families. “As a sister, I always consider Raksha Bandhan as a special occasion for me to tie sacred thread of protection around my brother’s wrists,” she told Jarida Daily.

She said that the celebrations of Raksha Bandhan remind all the siblings the essence of love, protection, and companionship. “I wish my brother a happy Raksha Bandhan. I pray for his good health and long life,” she said, adding that this festival has a message of peace and peaceful coexistence as well as a symbol of multiculturalism.

Despite being unable to return to his hometown due to exams this year, Ajeet Parsad still found a way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Lahore with his fellow students. He said that his friends from different communities promised with him to tie Rakhi. “This gesture of love is not less than blessings,” he said.

Chaman Lal, a young leader of his community, told Jarida Daily that he will celebrate Raksha Bandhan in Rahim Yar Khan, as he made a special journey from Lahore to his hometown in South Punjab to mark the festival with his sisters, and sister-cousins. He extended Raksha Bandhan greetings with all those who will celebrate this festivity.

With the passage of time, Raksha Bandhan has become gender neutral, as it has become a social event. We can observe around us that this festival is celebrated by one and all, regardless of belief systems, castes and creed,” he pointed out. As the attractive piece of art, the sacred thread has great symbolic value, he said.

Happy Raksha Bandhan to everyone!