Saturday, August 13, 2011


Today is the holiday where you tie a red thread (rakhi) around your brother's right wrist. It is a symbol of love and means "bond of protection": He protects you all year long; now is the time to thank him and pray for him to have a long life.

I tied one on Dreyfus's hand last weekend - a super-blingy one. I wonder if it's still there. I also brought samosas and lovingly scolded him about his diet.

(My mother - who was devastated when her only sibling died - always said that the sibling relationship is the longest and most enduring one we will ever have, and urged us to try to get along).

"When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbors, it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters."

Read more about Rakhi here.

In India, you can get one with Hindi superstar Salman Khan's face on it.

In India, one chief minister is tying Rakhi to trees in order to save them.

How are you honoring your brother this Rakhi?

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