Mondays with Amrita - Raksha Bandhan

This year, Sunday, August 10th is a special day for Hindus everywhere - Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi, a celebration of love and devotion between brothers and sisters, is celebrated around the world. According to tradition, Amrita will tie a Rakhi, a simple thread around her brother's wrist to express her love and her wish for his well being. In return, Herman will give her a small gift and pledge to protect and take care of her under all circumstances. 

Question 1: What was the first Raksha Bandhan that you can remember celebrating with your brother?
Amrita: I was 7 years old and my brother was only 2. He was such a cute baby!

Question 2: Is there any one Raksha Bandhan celebration that stands out among the others?
Amrita: When we were kids, growing up in India, the whole extended family would get together. I remember when I was 11 years old, we had almost 40 of us together. All the girls tied Rakhis to all the cousins and brothers; all the aunts tied Rakhis to all the uncles, etc. It was very special.

Question 3: How has the holiday changed for you from when you were younger and now?
Amrita: The families have all moved to different parts of the world, so we don’t get to have joint celebrations like we used to. I miss that. 

Question 4: Are there any special or fun traditions that you and your brother have aside from this holiday?
Amrita: Like most brothers and sisters, we like to be competitive with each other. We love to play cards together with our family.

Question 5: What is your favorite thing about your brother Herman?
Amrita: He is the sweetest, kindest, and most caring person I know. I know I can always count on him and he will always be there!

Have a question for Amrita? Tweet or facebook message us your questions with #askamrita and if your question is picked, keep an eye out for future Mondays with Amrita.

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