In Sanskrit, Raksha” means protection, “bandhan” means bound or binding. Raksha-Bandhan, meaning “Knot of Protection” is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus throughout the world. Though in general it portrays pure love between brothers and sister, however. it is quite evident to people at large that this esteemed occasion has gained worldwide prominence in the thriving era of globalization. The festival of Raksha-Bandhan has served as superlative approach for the propagation of the admirable Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” means entire world is one family and it exhibits the beautiful relationship of love, care and affection among cross border culture and communities with the concept of universal brotherhood. Raksha-Bandhan is one of the beloved festivals of the Indian population living in Singapore.
Hindu Centre proudly celebrates Raksha-Bandhan program for the past 11 years to spread the message of universal brotherhood with cultural openness, community bonding and social cohesion among Singapore communities. In Singapore, this has taken a greater significance by reinforcing ties among various communities in a show of unity amongst all Singapore residents regardless of race or religion.
In its twelfth year of celebration, Raksha-Bandhan program will be supported by more than 20+ organisations in Singapore on Sunday 26 August 2018 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Singapore Polytechnic Auditorium, 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651, followed by a light dinner. Celebrations include cultural events, on-the-spot drawing and Rakhi making competitions, and the Rakhi tying ceremony. Every year, Hindu Centre, Singapore chooses different theme to cultivate the values in society and this year theme is – “Seva Asmakam Dharma – Selfless Service”.
Raksha-Bandhan event celebration is the perfect way of saying that people are connected through this sacred thread and this bond is what will bind them together forever. About 600+ people attend this program every year.
About The Hindu Centre, Singapore
The Hindu Centre is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the progress of Hindu’s in Singapore through Jnana (Knowledge), Bhakti (Devotion) and Seva (Service). Founded about 40 years ago, the Centre’s vision is to become an institution of authority on Hinduism, and through exemplary management and track record, a focal organization for all Hindus in Singapore. The Centre aspires to realize this vision by transforming the Centre into a major institution of teaching on Hinduism in the region; by creating a strong core of devotional activities with a good outreach of attendees; and through strong and sustainable Seva initiatives.
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