Previously, Rakhi festival encompasses the warmth shared between the siblings but now it goes way beyond it. Some people tie Rakhi to neighbours and close friends signifying a peaceful co-existence of every individual. Rakhi Utsav was first popularized by Rabindranath Tagore to promote the feeling of unity and a commitment to all members of society to protect each other and encourage a harmonious Social life.
The name ‘Raksha Bandhan’ suggests ‘a bond of protection’. Raksha Bandhan is considered as a day to celebrate the sacred relation of a brother and a sister. Yet there have been examples in history where in rakhihas just been a raksha or protection. It could be tied by wife, a daughter or mother. The Rishis tied rakhi to the people who came seeking their blessings. The sages tied the sacred thread to themselves to safe guard them from the evil. It is by all means the ‘Papa Todak, Punya Pradayak Parva’ or the day that bestows boons and end all sins as it is mentioned in the scriptures.
Keeping all these points in mind we did a Earth Rakhi Utsav in School to protect the Earth & earthlings from the degradation they have created in the environment. The Blacksmith Institute issues an annual list of the world’s worst polluted places. In the 2007 issues the ten top nominees are located in Azebaijan, China, India,Russia,peru,Ukraine,and Zambia. The problem basically arises when the natural environment does not know how to decompose the non-natural elements, also known as anthropogenic pollutants. The negative effects are evident in the form of unclean air and water, two essential elements for life to sustain.The RAKHI realizes them the need for protection.