Celebrating the brother and sister tie

THE most significant entity as a human being are the relationships we forge.

A bond between two individuals starts with traits in each other which are similar. Family, however, means we are bound by blood and the relationship with each member is different.

Centuries ago, a tradition began in the north of India where the relationship between siblings was celebrated, in particular the relationship between a brother and a sister, Raksha Bandhan.

On Sunday, August 26 many observe Raksha Bandhan, ‘Raksha’ is the Sanskrit word for protection while ‘Bandhan’ means bond or relationship.

On this day, a sister ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother and pray for his prosperity and well-being. The brother in return offers a gift and promises to protect his sister from any harm and under every circumstance.

“I look forward to Raksha Bandhan, not for the gifts but because it is a reminder that my truest friends are my siblings and we will always protect each other.

“It is always so exciting, after tying the rakhis onto both my brothers’ wrists, I would feed them something sweet that I had made myself and this actually symbolises that your words should always be just as sweet,” said Hindu devotee Ishara Ramdeen.