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Rakhi at shuktara

Every year in August the 'sisters' of shuktara come to the boys home and tie rakhi on the wrists of their 'brothers' to show their affection. Across most of India the same thing happens - with brothers and sisters who are related by blood but also when that strong family bond is felt between unrelated people. It is a celebration that everyone at shuktara can participate in, and everyone enjoys this festival immensely.

[from Wikipedia] Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means "the tie or knot of protection". The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances.

The festival is also an occasion to celebrate brother-sister like family ties between cousins or distant family members, sometimes between biologically unrelated men and women. To many, the festival transcends biological family, brings together men and women across religions, diverse ethnic groups and ritually emphasizes harmony and love. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of ลšrฤvaแน‡a, and typically falls in August every year.

Ipshita and her embroidered tapestry

Tapestry by Ipshita

Thanks to everyone at Sanderstead United Reformed Church in the UK, who have been supporting us for such a long time - http://www.surc.org.uk/
This tapestry by Ipshita who lives at Lula Bari, our girls home here, was done especially by her for Audrey Earp, (David's mum) who has donated it to the church in thanks for their support of shuktara.

Thank you to everyone involved, especially Ipshita for the beautiful hand work.
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shuktara - Lali in Puri, India

Lali in Puri – annual shuktara girls summer holiday

Lali in Puri, India with the shuktara girls

Here’s some photos from the annual shuktara girls summer holiday to Puri starting May 13th.

Pappu Mishra (chairman of shuktara) and Sunil are accompanying all the girls and staff of Lula Bari. They take the overnight train to Puri together and stay in a small hotel near the beach. Since it's the hottest time of the year everyone takes a "bath" in the sea.

shuktara - Prity on her way to Puri, India, on the train
Prity on the overnight train to Puri
shuktara - Sunil in Puri, India
Sunil on vacation with the girls from Lula Bari
shuktara - Tamina in Puri, India
Tamina in Puri with Maashi