Y3 have been learning about a Hindu festival called Raksha Bandhan. As part of their learning, they made friendship bracelets for their siblings or a special friend.
Raksha Bandhan celebrates and strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters. The sisters tie a Rakhi (bracelet) made from coloured cotton or silk around their brother’s wrist. After the Rakhi has been tied, the sisters say a special prayer and sometimes perform an Aarti ceremony.
This is where a special tray with a lighted candle or lamp is rotated around the brother’s face in an offering, whilst prayers and good wishes are said. The sisters then put a tilak (a colourful mark) on their brother’s forehead. After the tilak, the brothers make a special promise to look after and protect their sisters.