GUWAHATI: Celebrating the special bond between brothers and sisters, the city is in preparedness for the festival of Raksha Bandhan. On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the rakhi, around the wrists of their brothers, symbolically protecting them, receiving a gift in return, and traditionally investing the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care.
Although the festival is not native to the indigenous of the State, the rituals associated with this festival has spread beyond their traditional regions. The festival has become more symbolic but continues to be highly popular.
Rakhis of varied shapes and designs adorn the windows of city shops. Meanwhile, young students from Mother’s Pride school had a pre-celebration on Wednesday and observed Raksha Bandhan at Bhangagarh police station, where they tied rakhis on the city police officials. The innocent and beautiful gesture was symbolic of the protection that the residents receive from the police authorities which in a way made them idle brothers of self choosing.