Bhopal archdiocese celebrates Rakshabandhan6:55 PM, August 14, 2019
India(Madhya Pradesh):Archbishop Cornelio urged the students—both boys and girls-- to collaborate as siblings “to bring all-round development of our country.”
Archdiocese of Bhopal celebrated the feast of Rakshabandhan along millions of Indian women who tied Rakhi or a sacred thread on the wrist of their brothers as a mark of love and respect.
On the eve of the festival on Aug. 14 several girls tied the thread on the wrist of Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal as the archdiocese organized a program to celebrate the predominantly Hindu festival.
Rakshabandhan, meaning protecting bond, celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. The festival — celebrated across much of India and in parts of Nepal and Pakistan — falls on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar and this year it falls on Aug. 15.
“The brightness of the day arises when we look at each other’s face and say we are all brothers and sisters of one family till then we are in the darkness,” the archbishop while addressing the gathering at the St. Xavier’s School in Bhopal.
Hundreds of students from more than six Catholic schools in the city gathered for the celebration organized by archdiocesan spokesperson Father Maria Stephen.
Archbishop Cornelio also urged the students—both boys and girls-- to collaborate as siblings “to bring all-round development of our country.”
As India celebrates independence day also on the feast day, the archbishop said “we proud to come out of the clutches of British rule” in 1947 but still “we have no freedom to live in fraternity due to our mindset.”
Equality and Justice are the foundations of our constitution, which should be safeguarded by educating our parents and neighbors to overcome violence and atrocities, he told the students.
Father Stephen told ucanews.com the archdiocese has made it a policy to be part celebrating festivals of other religions “because such joint celebrations are inter-religious dialogue in practice.”
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