Lucknow, August 17, 2016: In a one-of-its-kind event, hundreds of widows from Vrindavan and liberated manual scavenger women on Wednesday publicly tied Rakhi to 50 upper caste sages, Sanskrit scholars and priests at the century-old Gopinath temple in Vrindavan.
Defying tradition, the women were in the temple town at the initiative of NGO Sulabh International. Around 100 widows, mostly in their 80s, have been engaged in making colourful Rakhis since the beginning of August at Meera Sahabhagi and Chetan Vihar Ashram to organise Rakhsha Bandhan on a massive scale. They have prepared around 1,000 of these sacred threads, an official informed IANS.
Besides these 800 widows and 200 liberated manual scavengers, women from Alwar and Tonk districts of Rajasthan also took part in the Rakhi celebrations. Widows tied Rakhi to local holy men and upper caste men to mark the occasion and break the tradition. They even shared food with them.
Later, the widows also participated in cultural programmes especially chalked out for the occasion.
Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak, who takes care of around 1,000 widows in Vrindavan, observed that such an initiative will bring cheer to their lives.
A collection of 2,000 colourful Rakhis and sweets will also be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the widows who have expressed a strong desire to meet him and urge him to ensure their wellbeing.
At least ten widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi will visit the Prime Minister’s official residence in Delhi with the Rakhis on behalf of around 2,000 widows living in Vrindavan and Varanasi on Thursday.
Festivals come with new hopes and dreams every year. Indian festivals are famous for bringing the family together which calls for a celebration. It is the festival of the pious relationship of brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan is a religious occasion for strengthening the bond love and care among siblings. It is a day when they pray for each other’s well being and wish for happiness in life. Raksha Bandhan also gives them a chance to spend some memorable moments together.
Raksha Bandhan represents the bond of protection among siblings. Sisters tie beautiful Rakhis on the wrists of their brothers. The pious thread of Rakhi means a lot for the religious festival of Raksha Bandhan. Sisters also wish for the good health and long life of their brothers. In return for tying Rakhis, brothers also promise to protect their sisters from different troubles of life. Brothers also dedicate some Rakhi gifts to sisters on this day as a token of love and care.
Here are some unique ideas to dedicate meaningful gifts for sisters.
Gerberas with chocolates:
The daisy gerberas are known for the happy moments. These blooms are a symbol of sunny beauties which are perfect to dedicate sisters on this memorable day of Raksha Bandhan. Gerberas are also helpful to spread positivity and happiness. You can also attach some yummy chocolates in a beautiful packing to surprise your lovely sister. It will be a perfect Rakhi gift for your dearest sister from your side on the Raksha Bandhan.
Roses with a teddy bear:
Roses are the symbol of true love and passions in life. Girls always show great affection to the colorful roses. You can make a beautiful bunch of mixed colors roses to surprise your sister. You can also make a unique floral arrangement of roses to give them special feelings of the day. Add a teddy bear with roses bouquet to send Rakhi to your sister on the Raksha Bandhan. She will feel awesome to have beautiful gifts on this day.
Lilies with greeting cards:
Lilies are the symbol of renewal, remembrance, passion, promise, and purity in life. These
beautiful blooms are present in the different colors like red, yellow and white in nature. You can make a lovely gift of lilies to surprise your sister on the Raksha Bandhan 2018. Try to attach a Rakhi greeting card to dedicate your best wishes to your sister. She will feel fantastic with such a thoughtful gift on this day.
Orchids with a delicious cake:
Orchids are famous flowers for their exotic charm and beauty. The orchids are used to show some regard and gratitude to the recipients. You can make a beautiful bouquet of colorful orchids to surprise your sister on the Raksha Bandhan. You can also prepare a delicious birthday cake to spread the sweetness of the festival with sister, because it might be the situation that it’s her birthday also. Make it memorable by choosing her favorite flavours for the celebration. She will feel enjoy the tasty bites of the cake on this day.
All of these are the best thoughtful Rakhi gifts to surprise your sisters on the Raksha Bandhan.