Rakshabandhan 2016: 1.44 a.m., 18 August (Thursday)

The day will begin with all chaos and noise & getting perfectly dressed and end as it generally ends with happiness gleaming, not because of the thread on your wrist but because of the all the presents and money received. But in these times where we live in secured environments of our homes and are much busy with the hustle bustle of our daily lives that notion of knot of protection seems absurd; I wonder why this occasion bothers us so much? Why are we so excited to buy the perfect Rakhis? Why we want to gift a perfect present to her? Is it all about just the rituals and roots or there is something much more to it? Or in the 21st century we are still stuck with the impression of thread of protection? I am not against the very idea of the occasion but what else apart from it.

This Rakshabandhan let us tie the thread—

  • To remind ourselves that we are not alone in this huge world, there will always be someone to spy on all our activities and to be on our head with never ending problems
  • To cherish beautiful times spent together, by looking at perfectly photo bombed pictures or half head photos.
  • To receive lots of sweets and cash of course, only to have them eaten within a week if not secured safely and to lend loans for lifetime.
  • To feel the aura of occasion, by mocked at how ugly you look in that newly brought dress
  • To celebrate rich culture, and reminded how you have been picked up from a bin outside the hospital.

Apart from these reasons, we tie the threads to say to our siblings how special they are to us, how much we love them and how different our lives would be without them! It would have been pretty hard to express such feelings if this festival was not celebrated.

We tie the band on wrist so that we can say without a doubt, “don’t you mess with me or he/she will beat you up!” and to cherish the sacred bond so far away from feign.

This Rakshabandhan let us express all we want to! The Love as well as the hidden Respect 😉

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