Social Apps Hamper Feelings of Rakhsha Bandhan


Argha Mukherjee:

Relationships are the essence of any festivity and it’s true for any festival. Each occasion holds the society together which calls for a celebration. Raksha Bandhan is one such social relation, which is a symbol of brother-sister relationship. This type of festival is celebrated nowhere except India. It is the day when brothers and sisters pray for each other and wish for each other’s happiness and goodwill.

‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘bond of protection’. Previously, Rakhi festival encompasses the warmth shared among the blood relations but through legacies it goes way beyond it. Some people tie Rakhi to neighbours and close friends signifying a peaceful co-existence of every individual. In Bengal, Rakhi Utsav was first popularized by Jorasanko Tagore family to promote the feeling of unity and a commitment to all members of the society to protect each other and encourage a harmonious social life.

In present scenario, we have apps for almost everything. Thanks to the technological outburst this celebration also has taken a giant leap. But for these apps we miss the humane feeling just because we have the opportunity to send Rakhis through apps like Whatsapp, messenger.

When I studied in Class VII, one of my sisters came to my house and tied Rakhi on my hand. Those days were seriously golden days of my life when I enjoyed these things heavenly. Today, technological revolution has grabbed everything of life, even the festivals also. It is true that we live in a world of change. Now-a- days, we are also obliged to send rakhis by these apps. Really, it may be easier to communicate and is a time saving process, but the divine charm and flavour of Raksha Bandhan festival has been missing day to day.

Sometimes our life situations create such a gap despite of our wish we fail to attend this festival in reality. If we can squeeze this precious time and celebrate the event properly, may be the bond of this relationship gotten stronger than before.