Should Sikhs celebrate Rakhri?
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RAKHRHI is not Sikhi Festival; There is no direct quote in Gurbani for or against it.
The question is: Should Sikhs observe RAHKHRHI?
Sikhi does not promote observation of RAKHRHI, but if it is used to celebrate the bond between brother and sister, nothing wrong with it as long as it not associated with rituals from other faiths.
But normally, people observing RAKHRHI as a ritual, associate other ritualistic activities with it, like ARTI, Tilak etc. and that is inconsistent with Sikhi Philosophy.
The intent behind RKHRHI, (RAKHSHA BANDHAN) is for brother to promise his sister that he will protect her in the hour of need. In Sikhi there is complete gender equality, Sikh Sisters are equally capable of protecting themselves and other community members. E.g. MAI BHAGO. So they (sisters) do not need their brother to promise them each year that the brother will protect her for the next year and then the promise will need to be renewed.
Also for a Sikh, it is the life long practice and not one day commitment, to protect, not just sisters, but also anyone else who might needs protection. That is the commitment a Sikh, a male or a female, makes the day he commits to being a Sikh.
Therefore, celebrate it, if you like, but in Sikhi, it has no meaning other than fun activity to share with the family.
Beautiful & well explained answer.
No. God takes care of everyone
Too mera rakha sabhni thai thai ta bhao kaisa kara jeo
As per Gurbani ੴ traditionally pronounced ਇਕਓਅੰਕਾਰ, resides within each one of our cells, and unless awakened, does not take care of us !
।।ਨਾਨਕ ਵਿਗਸੇ ਵੇਪਰਵਾਹੁ।। ਜਪੁਜੀ ਸਾਹਿਬ or ਜਪੁ ਬਾਣੀ।
।।ਵਡਾ ਦਾਤਾ ਤਿਲੁ ਨ ਤਮਾਇ।। ਜਪੁ ਬਾਣੀ।
।।ਆਪੇ ਬੀਜਿ ਆਪੇ ਹੀ ਖਾਹਿ।। ਜਪੁ ਬਾਣੀ।
।।ਜਿਨੀ ਨਾਮੁ ਧਿਆਇ ਆ ਗਏ ਮਸਕਤਿ ਘਾਲਿ।। ਜਪੁ ਬਾਣੀ।
For survival, everyone has to take its own care.
Sikhs should not celebrate this festival . The Rakhri ritual is not a Sikh ritual. Its practice doesn’t fit in the Sikh philosophy. At the time of Guru Nanak Dev ji women had to face a lot of discrimination and guru ji opposed this by saying “Why call her bad , who has given birth to kings” .