As part of the annual Raksha Bandhan celebrations in Guyana, the female members of the High Commission of India Mrs. Pammi Kaushik, Mrs. Sunita Tyagi, Ms. Anusha Tyagi and Ms. Hardai Raghubir (Hema) tied Rakhi to H.E. Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hon. Brigadier (Retd.) Mark Phillips, Prime Minister and Hon. Dr. Vindhya Vasini Persaud, Minister of Human Services and Social Security on 29 August 2023. The High Commission of India representation also included Mr. Mukesh Kaushik, First Secretary (Political & Commercial), Mr. Brahmdev Tyagi, Second Secretary (Consular & Education) and Mr. Rudra Jayanti Bhagwati, Director (SVCC).
Raksha Bandhan is rooted in Indian mythology, history and tradition. The festival is an auspicious occasion to celebrate human bonding, relationship and a sense of togetherness. On this day, siblings tie Rakhi on each other’s wrist, praying for their longevity and protection. Raksha or Rakhi means a sacred thread and Bandhan means bond. The festival has now become an integral part of India’s inclusive and composite culture regardless of region, religion or belief systems.
Raksha Bandhan celebrations with the leadership of Guyana reaffirm the strong bonds of culture, history and a growing and diversifying relationship between India and Guyana.