Raksha Bandhan: Starting a Family Tradition
Things change so much when you have children. It’s the simple things, too, like realizing that automatic doors are so much more convenient when you’re literally carrying a child and pushing a double stroller. Or the convenience of diaper changing station in the men’s room. Or understanding that as a South-Asian parent in America, you have to find a balance between assimilating to commercialized holidays and maintaining a deep sense of personal cultural awareness.
We always celebrated Raksha Bandhan growing up. It’s a holiday where a sister does aarti and ties a Rakhi, or a decorate thread or bracelet, on her brother’s wrist to protect him from evil. It’s a way to show her appreciation and respect for him. I can only remember the time when my brother was deployed during the war that we were not able to tie a Rakhi on him. To be honest, it generally wasn’t a big celebration in our home growing up. It was just a thing we did, no decorations, big dinner, or photo shoot.
But now, with the next generation in tow, it’s our responsibility to show our kids the importance of this holiday (and others). That’s why we make it a big deal to get together, and explain the purpose of the holiday. What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Kids are so formidable so as long as you break it down simply, they get it. We always aim to make learning fun so I’ve created a quick word search for you to share with your kids. There’s also a download-able paper cut-out of a Rakhee for kids to play with.
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