By Waleed Khan and Dharminder Balach
As the Hindu minority in Pakistan is celebrating the festival Rakhi Bandhan today to mark the bond of love between brother and sister, religious festivity can be seen among the Hindu community of Cholistan in Southern Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. There is a vibrant Hindu community living in the Cholistan Desert for centuries.
According to the tradition, girls can tie a rakhi thread to their brothers or to someone they regard as a brother. In return, the brother gives a token gift and promises to protect her from any problem.
Rakhi festival dates back to the Vedic period, which is a religious festival of Hindus, celebrating the love and duty between brother and sister.
Rakhi is also known as Raksha Bandhan which means a bond of protection. The festival is observed on a full moon day in the month of Shravana as per Hindu calendar.
The writers work with PakVoices as citizen journalists from Rahim Yar Khan.