The children celebrated Raksha Bandhan on the 19th of August, 2013. Raksha Bandhan, (the bond of protection) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival primarily observed in India which celebrates the relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters. It is also called Rakhi Purnima in most of India.
The central ceremony involves the tying of a Rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. On this occasion, the children at Prem Dan were taught to make Rakhis. They truly enjoyed the arts and crafts aspect of it as well as the symbolism that was explained to them.
A short video of a child making a Rakhi can be viewed below.