Rakhi festival is an important part of the Indian culture tying everyone into the bond of love and unity. This is the one of the best occasions to educate the kids about the traditional values. The children are very sensitive and intelligent so the best approach is to make everything interesting and fun. This Raksha Bandhan, try out these simple ideas to engage your kids in an extraordinary approach to teach them the core values of Indian culture.
There are several popular stories about Rakhi festival in Indian mythology. The popular ones include the Krishna and Draupadi from Mahabharata, Goddess Lakshmi tying Rakhi to King Bali etc. There are even stories in Indian History where Rani Karnavati tied Rakhi to Emperor Humayun asking for his help to save her kingdom from foreign invasion. There are several popular storybooks available for kids with great pictures to read during festivals.
Organize a DIY Rakhi making at home possibly during the weekends before the Rakshabandhan festival. This is one of interesting craft projects for motivating the kids to grow creative ideas. The glossy papers, sequins, beads, silk threads and other items are easily available. The parents should monitor the entire session and help the kids with the scissors and needlework to avoid hurts or other mishap.
Nowadays, people use decorated Pooja Thali sets during Rakhi, Diwali and all other celebrations. Many people also order the pooja thali set alongside online Rakhi delivery. They look nice and rouse enthusiasm in children to take part in the rituals. When you prepare the thali with the diya, roli, chawal and other items, engage the kids in the process so that they can also learn the necessary things.
You can invite the children in the neighborhood, the relatives and the friends of your children at home for the Rakhi festivities. When the kids perform the rituals together, it helps them to socialize and develop deep bonds with others. Organize fun games and competition for the kids with the Rakhi theme. Some interesting ideas can be:
• Writing 10 good things about your sibling, cousin or best friend
• Making scrapbook
You can form small gift packets for all the invitees to the celebrations. They do not have to be big hampers but can include chocolates, cupcakes, cute toys etc.
In the food menu, you can include traditional assorted sweets, some dry fruits, chocolates, snacks and beverages the children would love to savor together. Some people prepare Gujiya, gulab jamun and other snacks on these occasions. Motichoor laddo and kaju barfi are popular items to keep on the pooja thali for rituals.
The rituals on the Raksha Bandhan are important for every sister who wishes to tie the knot of silk threads on her brother’s wrist. It is equally important for every brother who plans to buy surprising gifts for his sister. The celebrations come once a year, so making it special needs a bit of planning and dedication.
Stories by Gaurav Bareja