Raksha Bandhan Around The Atlas!
Brother-sister bond is unlike any other. Siblings share a love-hate relationship. One moment you want to kill him, the next moment you can’t wait to share the most interesting gossip you just heard. She maybe a snitch, but she also saves you from the wrath of your parents. Be it Dexter and DeeDee or Ron and Ginny Weasley, bros and sis of the world share the same feelings.
As India celebrates Raksha Bandhan next week, let’s take a look at how this festival has travelled all across the world…
Mauritius & Sri Lanka
In the paradise island of the Indian Ocean, many ethnic groups live under the same umbrella, Indians included. To help celebrate this festival in the sweetest way possible, Mauritian TV channels broadcast brother-sisterly films through the day.
You will also find their local radio stations playing traditional Hindustani songs on this happy occasion. Raksha Bandhan is also famous in other island countries such as Sri Lanka! At home, both the Sri Lankan and Mauritian Hindus perform the rakhi rituals as we do in India.
In Australia, it is a little tougher to find conventional rakhis in the market but that does not stop a loving sister from keeping up this custom even if that means adding a western touch and tying a colourful bracelet on her brother’s wrist instead.
With an 81% Hindu population, Nepal celebrates this festival by the name of Janai Purnima. Nepalese also prepare a special meal known as Quati, a mix of nine types of lentils which they eat together with their families.
Pakistan has many Hindus who celebrate Raksha Bandhan and India and Pakistan depict the true spirit of this festival. The estranged nations don’t let their differences come in the way of the siblings who live across the border. Thousands of rakhis are couriered across nations sending love to each other
At the entrance of the Bur Dubai temple, priests are tying the holy thread on the wrists of anybody that wishes to wear a rakhi. This often includes brothers that have received couriered rakhis by their sisters or sisters that have been missing their estranged brother on this very occasion. To brighten up everyone’s day, both men and women have been welcomed.
In recent years, both Hindu and non Hindu Armed Force officials in the UK have come together with the Hindu community of Britain to tie the holy thread of love and protection.
It’s lovely, isn’t it – how Indian’s all around the world choose to keep the candle of tradition burning no matter what!
On the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, The Postal Department of Government of India prepare and design a special 10 rupee envelope in which you can gift and send a bunch of Rakhis together.