Rakhi Celebration

The Partition of Bengal in 1905 was made on October 16 by then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon. On Partition Day in Calcutta on October 16, 1905 Rabindranath Tagore began the Rakhibandhan tradition of tying a thread around the wrist of another Bengali as well as Muslims as a symbol of friendship. During the swadeshi movement of 1905, Rabindra Nath wrote a song praying for the unity of Bengal. That unity was achieved leading to the annulment of the Partition.

We always memorize that day. And remembering the significance of the pious day we celebrate Rakhi every year.

Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana (August) in India. This frail of thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. Rakhi festival also has a social significance because it underlines the notion that everybody should live in harmonious coexistence with each other. The celebration of Raksha Bandhan has its origin in religion and stretches further beyond its boundaries for a broader view of universal brotherhood which paves way for universal oneness.

Love is the underlying essence of every religion. Unconditional love for all beings can be realised when one understands his true self, the spiritual self or the 'Atman' which is the same in all beings and which stretches beyond all seeming disparities.

Raksha Bandhan stands as the foremost among all festivals, celebrating unconditional love and universal harmony. Spiritual oneness, the ultimate end of observing rituals and festivals is thus recognised by the observance of Raksha Bandhan.

Raksha Bandhan thus serves as a reminder of our true nature, the real self which is lost in the apparent differences. So let us observe the rituals of the festival and celebrate it keeping in mind its essence, its true spiritual import.

So we fasten Rakhi to all of our guests as well as to our friends. This year too Konika children celebrated Rakhi Utsav.. They performed dance with songs, in front of Rotaract President, Secretary & all of us. We also gave annual attendance prize to Konika kindergarten children that day.

This programme was jointly organized by Rotaract Club of North Calcutta and S.B.Devi Charity Home.

We enjoyed those sweetest moments a lot.

A boy tying Rakhi on Preety's hand

All SBDCH staff, Rotaractors with the children

Children tying Rakhi on Rotaractor's wrist

Rotaract President with Konika children

Sunipa giving 2nd prize for Kindergarten attendance

A girl tying Rakhi on GS's hand

Children are dancing

GS, PS with others viewing the celebration

Rotaract President giving 3rd prize for annual attendance

A teacher giving 1st prize for annual attendance

Children celebrated Rakhi festival

Ruby with others with Rakhis for tying

Sweets distributed by Sanjana