Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A virtual rakhi to my brothers

While researching ideas for posts about this month's NaBloPoMo theme, ties, I came across an article on National Geographic's Intelligent Traveler blog about an age-old custom in India that has changed with modern times. The custom is part of a Festival called Raksha Bandhan, or Bond of Protection, and it recognizes the bond between brother and sister. The sister ties a special thread, a rakhi, around her brother's wrist to show her love and affection. In turn, the brother gives her a small gift of cash and promises to protect and take care of her.

Traditional raakhees
Traditional rakhis at a market in New Delhi.

According to the article, as with many holidays and customs, in modern times it has become very commercialized,. Still, I think it's a lovely sentiment. By the way, I ran into my brother today at a bookstore. We sat and chatted for awhile, about nothing in particular. It was nice.

You can read the entire article here.


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