Thursday, 3 September 2015

Raksha Bandhan...


Today Akshaya's mum Mani came in to tell the class about Raksha Bandhan.  This special festival happens every year on the full moon day in he Hindu calendar month of Sharavan. It is is a celebration of brother and sister relationships.  

Raksha means protection and bandhan means bond.  The festival celebrates the bond of love, security and protection.

On Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties a rakhi (sacred threads that may have beads or adornments on them) onto her brother's wrist.  In exchange, her brother will give her a gift.  They exchange a promise to one another, that the brother will protect her and be there if she needs him.  This ritual signifies the love between siblings and that they are both looking out for one another.  The celebration is not always between only brothers and sisters.  Sometimes cousins or other relatives or close friends will exchange rakshi.

It's a custom that has happened for many years, passed down from one generation to another and dates back to Lord Krishna.   Lord Krishna hurt His hand. When this happened, a woman called Draupadi rushed to cover the wound by tearing a piece of her sari and tying it around the wound. In return for her kind gesture, Lord Krishna told Draupadi that He would treat her as a sister and be with her whenever she called out for Him. 

On Raksha Bandhan, people eat special foods - like sweets or tiny noodles that are sweetened.  They will also wear their special clothes, for instance their sari.  It is a fun festival and one which children in particular really look forward to.  It is celebrated by young and old, all over the world.

Today we made and exchanged rakhi with our talking buddies.  We chose a thread and beads and carefully tied them with the help of Mani and Mrs P.  When we exchanged rakhi, some of us said thank you to our buddies for being our friends at school, others made a promise to remain friends and to help one another while they were in our class.  It was a special time.

Here's some photos of us making our friendship bracelets/rakhi and exchanging them. Thank you Mani for sharing this beautiful custom with our class.  

Mugundhan showing off one of Mani's gorgeous rakhi...
Manvi celebrates Raksha Bandhan
Some examples of traditional rakhi...
Emma and Mugundhan exchange rakhi...
Akshaya and Harry busy threading their rakhi... 
Their finished rakhi.
Adit and Hope made special rakhi for one another...
So did Yusra and Xavier...
And Libby and Greg... 
And Steven and Tanush...
We ALL made rakhi.  Here we are with the lovely Mani, showing them off.
Here's some of our learning after Mani's visit. 

2 comments:

  1. What a very special celebration you have been involved in. We think being a good friend is really important. We were wondering if there were special patterns or colours you need to follow when making your Rakhi.
    from Clyde School Juniors

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  2. Mani told us that the Rakhi can be made from anything ... the 'special' factor comes in the making of it and the promise to go with it :)

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