Raksha Bandhan

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is a glorious and enthusiastic Indian celebratory festival which is celebrated mainly among the Hindu Indian families. Sisters and brothers wait for the arrival of Raksha Bandhan throughout the year. It does not occur on one particular day every year; instead, it follows the traditional Indian calendar. Roughly, it happens in the first week of August. This year, the festival of Rakhsha Bandhan has fallen on 11th of August. The festival is abundantly celebrated across the entire country and appeals to no particular age group. People from any age group, whether they are a kid or an adult, can celebrate the festival and tie rakhis on their brothers’ wrists. 

The Hindi phrase ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means a bond fraught with love and protection. The Hindi word ‘Raksha’ means protection in English; ‘Bandhan’ means tying of a relationship. Thus on the occasion of Rakhsha Bandhan, sisters tie rakhis on their brothers’ wrists, wishing for their excellent health and wellbeing. Consequently, the brother pledges to love their sisters ever long and to protect her from all kinds of dangers. Rakhsha Bandhan is only a small way to commemorate the bond based on the pillars of protection, love, and brotherhood. 

On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, the entire family gathers together and celebrates the bond. Distant relatives and closer family members come together; they dress up in new clothes and celebrate love. The sisters tie a thread (known as Rakhi) on their brothers’ wrist as a symbol of a strong bond. The sisters, in turn, are showered with love and respect. The brothers usually present them with small gifts, such as chocolates and other food items. 

Every year on this auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, our students at Stem World School organize several activities to feel the true essence of this festival. On this special occasion,the students of STEMWorld School bring different craft items like colourful ribbons, colourful papers, different types of craft items etc. They make rakhis based on their own imagination and tie them on the wrists of their friends. The students perform several group activities like Rakhi-Making activity and Rakhi-Making competition consecutively, which are held in respective classrooms. Students come up with myriad and extra-ordinary designs of Rakhis. The gaudy colours, shimmer and shine and unique features of the hand-made rakhis warm up the day’s ambience. Raksha Bandhan is a significant festival as the students feel very much enthusiastic to make this day a special one. Through this special event, the students learn and practice fraternity, allegiance and mutual respect towards and between each other.

-- posted by Teacher, STEM World School, Barrackpore, Kolkata - 700121


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