With the festival of Raksha Bandhan around the corner, it is time to honor and celebrate sibling relationship. While, I have been telling my daughter stories about why we celebrate Rakhi, on our way to nani’s house, she asked me, mom, Rakhi is for brothers and sisters, and I don’t have brother. So, how will I celebrate it? She repeated, Mom, even you don’t have brothers, how would you celebrate Rakhi? I was astonished hearing her as how wrong I was teaching her the message of Raksha Bandhan. All these years, the complete emphasis was only on brothers protect sisters, but, not on the promise of the sibling or a loved one protecting each other.
Growing up with 3 elder sisters, I was the most pampered one, but, though I hate to admit this. My sisters were like shield who always fought for me every battle. Be it good days or bad days, they always stood by my side forever. They know the deepest, weird and wildest secrets that I actually would hate for anyone else to know. They are my shoulders upon which I just want to cry upon, or get a tight hug when whole world seems a bad place, the perfect ears when you want to gossip, the perfect companion when you want to hang around with, a friend with whom you love shopping with as she knows all the bulges and gives you the opinion just like a mirror does, a friend who you know grow closer with after marriage and a 3 am friend as close as the husband, but he doesn’t mind you having.
However, this is the value that I wanted to inculcate in my daughter. It is not about just brother-brother, brother-sister or sister-sister, but, the bonding is bout strengthening the sibling relationship and protecting each other. In times like today, when women can achieve anything they set their eyes on, it’s extremely hard to believe that they will not be in the position of financially, emotionally, socially or physically to protect their loved ones.
Celebrate this Rakhi with the promise of protecting your loved ones. Not, just because you are brother-brother or sister-sister, the value of this occasion will be less important. It is still a call for joy, love and presents.