The festival of Raksha Bandhan honours the special bond between siblings. On this day, sisters tie a rakhi (thread) around their brothers’ wrists, binding them to each other with love. Raksha Bandhan literally means ‘the knot of protection’.
This is a simple gesture with great significance. In 1905, the great Rabindranath Tagore used it to unite the people ofBengal when the British sought to divide Hindus and Muslims for political ends.
In a show of solidarity, the people of Bengal took to the streets and tied rakhis on one another. The statement was clear: Do not divide us. We are all brothers and sisters here. We stand up for each other.
Around the world, barriers are being thrown up, rather than broken down. History attests that in times of uncertainty it is all too easy for people to turn against one another.
To mark the occasion, Dishoom invites guests to honour this special bond with a feast of food, sweets and celebration.
Raksha Bandhan takes place on 20 August in Dishoom, Stable Street King’s Cross.