Ties that bind: Hindus celebrate Raksha Bandhan with beads and stone-studded rakhis

ET: KARACHI: 

For the past 40 years, Shamim, a Muslim woman from Mirpurkhas, has been making red-coloured threads for the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan.

“There is no such thing as Hindus and Muslims back home. No one has ever stopped us from making Rakhis or asked why we make it. We all live together,” smiled the 47-year-old woman, whose family has been in the business of making rakhis for three generations.

As the Hindu community kicked off their annual festival which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters on Tuesday, Muslim men and women from Mirpurkhas sat outside the Laxmi Narayan Mandir, selling beads and stone studded Rakhis.

Showing off red-coloured threads with beads dangling from it, Shamim proudly stated that she and her four daughters made thousands of them at home. “It took us two months to complete them.”

Another entrepreneur, Asmat Begum, who had come to the Mandir with her grandson, said that dozens of Muslim families in Mirpurkhas became involved in the rakhi-making business as the festival arrived. “It is good business for us. Moreover, it feels good to know that we are adding to others’ happiness.”

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