Raksha bandhan celebrations: symbol of religious harmony in Sindh


KARACHI (By Lala Hassan/ ENNS) Hindus all over the world including Sindh are celebrating their annual traditional ritual `Raksha bandhan´ on Monday.
Raksha Bandhan is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana, which typically falls in August.
The expression “Raksha Bandhan,” Sanskrit, literally, “the bond of protection, obligation, or care,” is now principally applied to this ritual. Until the mid-20th-century, the expression was more commonly applied to a similar ritual, also held on the same day, with precedence in ancient Hindu texts, in which a domestic priest ties amulets, charms, or threads on the wrists of his patrons, or changes their sacred thread, and receives gifts of money; in some places, this is still the case. In contrast, the sister-brother festival, with origins in folk culture, had names which varied with location, with some rendered as Saluno, Silono and Rakri.
A ritual associated with Saluno included the sisters placing shoots of barley behind the ears of their brothers.
Raksha Bandhan definition is the word “ Raksha” means protection, and “ Bandhan” means to tie. And the holy thread offered by the sisters is a symbol of love and commitment between brother and sister.
Hindus in India, Nepal, Pakistan and in other parts of world celebrating the day.
In Sindh`s Tharparkar, Umerkot, Ghotki, Hyderabad, Karachi, Thana Bula Khan, and other parts of the provice celebrating the day.
According to Dr Jai Kumar Dawarkani on this day sisters tied threads (rakhi) at the wrist of brothers to exress their love and resect; while brothers commit to protect their sisters and present them gifts as well.

In India and some parts of Sindh Hindu girls tie rakhi to Muslims since years as symbol of religious harmony.

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