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Hindus Here Celebrate Raksha Bandhan

Hindus Here Celebrate Raksha Bandhan
Raisy Raj, 12, (left) ties a Raksha Bandhan (protective band) on six-year-old cousin Nishil Karan in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 30
10:45 2015

To have a brother is a blessing, says 12-year- old Raisy Raj, who travelled from Ba yesterday to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with her cousin, Nishal Karan, in Suva.

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. On this day, female members in the family will tie a sacred thread called rakhi around their brother’s wrist which symbolises their love and bonding.

“I am blessed to have tied the rakhi on my cousin’s wrist to show my appreciation and how blessed I am to have a brother in my life,” Raisy said.

Karan, 6, the only child in his family said he was blessed to celebrate the day with his cousin sisters from Ba.

“I want to thank them for showing me how much I mean to them through Raksha Bandhan,” he said.

His father, Davendra Karan, 27, said Raksha Bandhan was a very special occasion to most Indo-Fijians because it symbolised the bond between a sister and her brother.

“Raksha Bandhan is also a way that sisters show their appreciation towards their brother’s love and for always protecting them.

“It is usually followed by exchanging of gifts after the rakhi is tied to male members of a house, especially a sister to a brother,” he said.

Raksha Bandhan ends today.



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