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Thankful Thursdays – Rakhi

Posted Aug 18 2011 7:00am

Rakhi is an indian festival dedicated to the brother-sister relationship.  It symbolizes a sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and her brother’s lifelong vow of protection.

My family celebrates this occasion with great joy every year.  As long I can remember my dad has received a little envelope in the mail from his sisters in India.  In it was a small red rope, a little bit of sugar and red powder.  As a representative for his sisters, I would tie the rope around his wrist, place a dot of the powder on his forehead and a small amount of the sugar in his mouth.  When my little brothers came into the picture I would do the same for them … and now that my little G1 has her G2 she will tie Rakhi on him.  Its a beautiful and wonderful occasion that I am thankful to have in my life.

Me and my "little bro" - LB1

So this thursday I am especially thankful for my brothers … as well as my Indian heritage that introduced me to such wonderful celebrations.

Me and LB2

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