Friday, August 19, 2011

Rebuilding Relationships: Raksha Bandhan

On 13th morning SHAFA residents observed a new day filled with gaiety and colour. It was festival of Raksha Bandhan which is celebrated to reaffirm the relationship of a sister and brother, the pledge of a brother to safeguard his sister and the sister in turn prays to God for a better life of his brotherThis small thread of Rakhi is considered stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. Rakhi festival also has a social significance because it underlines the notion that everybody should live in harmonious coexistence with each other. An addict in his past life had ignored all relations be it sister, mother or wife. For him his drug was everything. But when he comes to SHAFA he starts valuing each relation and understands importance of the same.  In SHAFA the day started with sharing with residents regarding the importance of this festival. A new hope was instilled in family members. Families of residents came to SHAFA home to be a part of this festival. Elderly family members gave blessing to residents for a better life. Resident became emotional seeing the view of sisters coming in and tying holy thread Rakhi on their hand. They could not believe that after all that they have done with their family members, while they were high on drugs, their family members still loved and cared about them. It was also a rejuvenating feeling for new members who joined SHAFA family recently.

It was a day of rebuilding relationships and healing feelings which were lost somewhere in the journey till Shafa.

1 comment:

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