City schools celebrated Rakshabandhan a day early on Wednesday, marked by usual fervour and gaiety that one associates with this auspicious occasion. A day prior to the festival, girls were busy selecting the best rakhis for their brothers. Thanks to combined effort by teachers, parents, principals and students, schools succeeded in catalysing feelings of care and affection between siblings.
Students, meanwhile, have gone ‘green’ with rakhis too. The ‘green’ rakhi made by students of Satwa Vikas School has plants in a glass bottle with threads attached to it. These cannot be actually used as rakhis, but are excellent display items.
“Kids love to experiment with rakhis,” said Raja Pathak, Trustee of the school who believes that celebration of festivals in schools is necessary. “Due to nuclear families, children today are deprived of true spirit of such festivals. Such celebrations in schools teach students about our traditions,” he added.
Food items such as apricots, raisins, cherries, cloves and even chocolates found favour among students of NR Primary School to decorate their rakhis. “Every year students experiment with different materials to make rakhis. Food items was the theme this year,” said Rita Baker, principal of the school.
An inter-class rakhi-making competition was held for tiny tots at HB Kapadia School. “The competition was for our pre-primary students who learnt to make rakhis from their teachers,” said Saroj Khubchandani, principal of the school. Udgam Vidyalaya too had rakhi-making contest with boys handing out pencils, erasers and pens as gifts.
Students of St Xavier’s Loyola were found donning traditional attire during the day. Girls dolled themselves up in bandhani, kalamkari, silk and netted outfits. “Tying rakhi is a wonderful way of expressing warmth,” said Fr Fernand Durai SJ, principal of the school.