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Festivities, kite flying mark Rakshabandhan celebrations
Sibling love finds expression through colorful Rakhis, gifts
8/10/2014 11:18:46 PM

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JAMMU, Aug 10: Rakshabandhan, signifying the eternal bond of love between a sister and brother was celebrated with traditional pomp and gaiety in the city. Sisters tied colourful Rakhis on the wrists of their brothers as mark of trust, besides young and old enjoyed the kite flying during the entire day- a local tradition associated with the festival.
Celebrating and reaffirming the sibling bond where sisters tie a decorated thread or Rakhi on their brothers' wrist, Raksha Bandhan was celebrated today with much fervour and colour in the capital. The festival symobolises trust between sisters and brothers, with a sister praying for the lifelong well-being of her brother who in turn vows to help and protect her.
From early morning, women and girls in new clothes were seen moving in two-wheelers, cars and public transport to reach the residence of their brothers in different parts of the city.
Before tying the thread, Tilak is applied on the forehead of brothers and prayers are offered for their long life and happiness. In return, sisters are showered with gifts. The festival falls on the Shravan Purnima, which comes generally in the month of August.Though the main markets remained closed in the city due to festival, the shops selling Rakhis, kites and strings, besides sweet shops remained open and did a brisk business. Heavy rush was witnessed on the roads in the city and everyone was in hurry to buy gifts and reach their brothers and sisters.Eight-year-old Mahi could not stop gushing after getting a box of chocolates from her brother, "I love this festival. Every year I get lots of gifts and this time my brother gifted me chocolate box."
Ruchi Mishra, a young doctor, was on her way to the airport to receive her brother who was coming from Banglore to celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with her.
She said: "It is going to be best Raksha Bandhan. My brother is coming after five years to celebrate the festival with me." "For the last five years, we could not celebrate this festival together due to our professional commitments. This time we decided to celebrate it together. I am going to receive him at the airport to give him a surprise," said Ruchi. For those who could not be with their siblings on this day, mails and phone calls started pouring in since early morning.
Since, the festival has special significance of kite flying in Jammu and adjoining towns, the people especially the males enjoyed kite flying throughout the day. The sky remained dotted by colourful kites. In many localities people had erected temporary sheds using bed covers or tents as shields against sun and played loud music amidst kite flying. The loud yells of 'Woh kate' resonated everywhere in the city when strings were snapped in the competitions.
"We may keep arguing over the silliest of things. but when the need arises, we always stand up for each other. My sister is a year younger to me, but I sometimes feel like an overprotective father to her," said Arvind Sharma, who lives in New Delhi and came to Jammu for the occasion. For those who could not be with their siblings on this day, mails and phone calls started pouring since early in the day. Sujata Abrol, "My brother works in Mumbai, so I posted him a rakhi. He called me early in the morning to say that my gift is on its way", she said. Meanwhile special prayers were held in all the major temples in the city and they were also specially decorated for the occasion.
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