Katey arrived safely in New Delhi! Her flights were uneventful, and she’s settling into her new time zone, with the help of a LOT of coffee. As today is a holiday, she is catching up with some friends, and finalizing details for later in the trip, so not the most interesting picture day!
Today’s holiday is Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie string bracelets, often highly decorated, on their brother’s wrist to symbolize their love and offer prayers for their well being. In return, the brothers offer gifts and pledges of protection to their sisters. As families become more spread out, the holiday offers a reason for families to come together and celebrate their bonds. While a predominately Hindu festival, in some regions, such as Punjab, the holiday is more secular with fairs and community celebrations. Women also offer the bracelets to men they consider to be like brothers – which can be a devastating blow to many a young man with a crush on the woman offering the bracelet!