Rakhi Purnima is a festival celebrated not just in Bengal but all over India where the sisters send “rakhis” (coloured and decorated wrist bands) to their brothers. Rakhi is also a silent weapon in hands of the “para” girl to politely decline the unwanted advances of neighbourhood Romeos.
This day is also celebrated as Jhoolan Purnima day, which literally means full moon day for spending time on the swings with your beloved symbolized over the eternal love story of Radha and Krishna.
What is probably unique to Bengal and albeit a forgotten tradition now is that on the occasion of Jhoolan Purnima the young boys of the “para” make various models depicting various scenes like village life, a war, etc. The models are made of clay and plastic and beautifully decorated with coloured clothes. Young boys and girls can let their creative spirits fly on the occasion of Jhoolan Purnima.
Gift your children with the forgotten joy of Rakhi Purnima and Jhoolan Purnima.
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