Homemade Rakhis : Not only do you have a weekend afternoon activity to keep little ones engaged, but also a personalized gift for a brother and/or sister! Let the kids be super resourceful by using gift ribbons or ties around the house, or take them to a craft store for beads, sequins, and charms. Incorporating favourite colors, or items that invoke a memory (like a seashell from a beach trip!) are a few ways for making the festival, a thoughtful one. Give yourself snaps for the extra time the munchkins spend on being creative versus scrolling on a device!
Sibling Love : Origin stories for this festival are aplenty with some dating back many centuries, but what they have in common is a sister tying a thread, known as a rakhi, around her brother’s right wrist. The sister blesses her brother and the brother promises to always protect her. Hence the other name for the auspicious occasion, Raksha Bandhan or the bond of protection. Traditionally Rakhi is celebrated between brothers and sisters, cousins of the opposite sex, and men and women who while not related by blood, consider each other family. But what about sisters, or a band of brothers?
Can a sister not be a strong protector, and can’t a brother wish happiness and prosperity upon his male sibling? The relationship we have with our siblings is easily one of the most important one we’ll experience in our lives, as these are people are family, peers and friends rolled into one. Progressing beyond the paradigm of protector and protectee and including all siblings, just might make this sweet festival even sweeter.
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