Raksha Bandhan, the festival of love between brothers and sisters was celebrated by Hindus across the country on Tuesday, 20th August. This occasion is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan.
This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the family. This ritual involves the tying of a sacred thread- “Rakhi” by a sister on her brother’s wrist. The Rakhi symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s vow to protect her long life.
On Tuesday 20th August 2013 Shrimatie Hemlata of the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre shared Raksha Bhandan blessings with the Honourable Attorney General, Senator Anand Ramlogan SC at the Office of the Prime Minister. The Brahma Kumari is affiliated with the United Nations Department of Public Information and has general consultative status with ECOSOC and UNICEF. The sisters offered prayers for the members of the Government and the people of Trinidad and Tobago and conveyed good wishes to the Honourable Prime Minister Mrs. Kamla Persad- Bissessar SC, MP.
In accepting this token of love and bond in the form of the Rakhi, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan noted that when a Rakhi is tied on the wrist of close friends and neighbours it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual can co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters. AG Ramlogan is of the view that all men in society should commit to protect all womenfolk and dedicate themselves to the well-being and uplift of women. In so doing, women should be provided a safe and secure environment in which their talents can bloom and they can contribute toward building out nation. He also took this opportunity to remind everyone that whilst a man can build a house it takes a woman to make it a home.
AG Ramlogan vowed to continue the work of the People’s Partnership in building a society where all women regardless of class, creed, race or space were equal, safe and honoured.