топик Brother and Sister’s Day / День Брата и Сестры на английском языке



The celebration of Raksha Bandhan, also called Rahki, is a special day for brothers and sisters in India. While siblings may argue for much of the year, Rahki is a festival of honor and appreciation. Rahki falls on the full moon of the Hindu month of Shraavana.

This generally occurs sometime during August or September. On this day, siblings offer each other gifts. The sister places a bracelet on her brother in exchange for his protection . She also offers him sweets . Girls who do not have brothers ask other men in their circle of friends or family for protection. Other countries celebrate brothers and sisters at a different time of year. Whenever the date may be, siblings reconnect to express their love and support for one another.

Holidays like this help reconcile lost or broken relationships in a family. Siblings sometimes have a falling out in times of illness, death, or divorce. The bond between a brother and sister either grows or weakens with age. Brothers and sisters sometimes grow apart due to lack of time. Long distance can also make it difficult to keep up a relationship. Regardless of distance, it is common for Indian brothers and sisters to make special effort to be together on Raksha Bandhan. Do you show a similar commitment to your own siblings at least once per year?

 

READING QUESTIONS

  1. Do you have a sibling(s)? Are you “friends” with your sibling(s)?
  2. What is it like to live without siblings?
  3. Who do you rely on for protection or support in times of trouble?
  4. What is the best gift you have ever given your sibling (or a friend who is like a sibling)?
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