For this year’s celebrations, how about an eco-friendly Raksha Bandhan? Mindful of environmental changes, under the tutelage of Trinamool Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya, specially designed rakhis have been designed, composed of tulsi seeds and other plants. These bracelets are designed so that on one side we have the rakhi to tie on a wrist but the other side can help grow a sapling. Sisters tie the “rakhis” to their brother’s wrist and advise them to plant them afterwards.
The idea of Trinamool Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya was brought to life by the girls of a self-help group who made these “plantable” rakhis. Talk to News18 she said: “The idea also arose from the concept of the sibling relationship. The siblings are always next to each other and if the imprint of that love turns into a form of life, it is beautiful. If a plant is born from it, it is because it links us to nature.
Many buyers prefer to buy this type of ‘rakhis’. The South Kolkata Hindustan Park area has seen a lot of rakhi exchange amid these siblings bonding with each other. The sisters attached these rakhis to their brothers who in turn planted them in the ground which will then become saplings.
In Calcutta, Raksha Bandhan also seems to have been illuminated with political colors. Rakhis featuring both Mamata Banerjee and PM Narendra Modi are on sale in many parts of the city and state. In Tripura too, Mamata Banerjee stood out during the Raksha Bandhan festival. The festival which sounds a message of unity, love and harmony and the beautiful relationship of a brother and sister continues to see innovation in the form of political or environmental concerns among many themes.
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