My City Woman's blog on significance of Raksha Bandhan in today's times

What Am I going To Teach My Kids This Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the unique bond between a brother and a sister. It is time to re-look the reason why this beautiful festival is celebrated and make it’s meaning more contemporary.

Girls are not weak

Sisters pray for the well being of their brother and the brother’s in return vow to protect her. Today, gender roles are being re-defined, should we be really teaching our sons to “protect” their sisters?  Gone are the days when women were meant to only stay within the four walls of the house. In this age,  parents educate their daughters and sons equally. They are grown up in the household with equal amount of love and affection. With this festival why should we go back to the ancient concept that girls are weaker beings and men have the “duty” to save and protect them from troubles.  Such gender bias can give incorrect impression to young minds that girls need to be “protected” and their brothers are their “saviours”. Does it not sound clichéd? I will make my daughter to grow up to be strong- strong enough to take care of herself and her brother too.

A sister and her brother have to be there for each other – ALWAYS

This is what family ties mean. Both the brother and sister have to be available to help, support and encourage each other and it’s not just a brother’s responsibility. Let us teach them to celebrate the special bond of friendship and genuine affection instead.

It is time to move away from the stereo types and raise both the boys and girls of the family equally. Respect is all women need in today’s times. This Raksha Bandhan, lets steer clear of gender bias and give a new meaning to this festival.

 

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