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Raksha Bandhan Festival Auckland 2017


Sun 13 Aug 2017, 3:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Balmoral Presbyterian Church Hall, 258 Balmoral Road, Auckland, Balmoral, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Pritika sharma

The Raksha Bandhan festival celebrates the infallible bond of universal fellowship and is an occasion to venerate womanhood.

Hindus and other Dharma-based communities realised since time immemorial that the true strength of social structures are the connections and bonds between its members that affirm true fellowship between them. They also recognised the indisputable role women play in nurturing and enhancing the universal bond of fellowship.

Classical and folk dances from various cultures will be performed at the event. Maori kapa-haka, South Indian traditional dances, Japanese drum beats, Chinese lion and dragon dance, North Indian classical and cultural dance items and live music forms the 3-hour enriching cultural entertainment session.

“It will be a spectacular sight of performances by artists of such calibre, from various different communities displaying traditional, cultural and folk dances from their respective cultures”, said Mr S Subbiah, joint programme coordinator.

The festival will be celebrated in a smoke-free and alcohol-free atmosphere making it safe and fun for families to participate. Vegetarian food will be sold.

“Responses from central and local government dignitaries have been very pleasing so far and a number of reservations have been made until now. This is a first of its kind events for Auckland and is free to public” said the programme coordinator, Mamta Bhikha.

“I encourage families and all interested people to make their reservations as soon as possible as we may run out of seats on the day of event”, Ms Bhikha added.

HOTA Forum will organise this festival annually to bring the Forum members closer, develop understanding and promote collaborative project based work among them on social issues in a better way. Hindu Council of New Zealand is the first year host of the HOTA Forum.

Each one of the members in HOTA Forum will get an opportunity to host the programme on an annual rotation basis. New Zealand Hindu Temple Society will be the host of the HOTA forum in 2011.

It is going to be a landmark cultural event for New Zealand society.

Symbolism of Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi):
On the day of Raksha Bandhan we solemnise the concepts of universal fellowship and veneration of womanhood by the symbolic act of tying a sacred thread called rakhi on the wrist of others. In families, sisters adorn the wrist of brothers with rakhis. At the societal level, similar ceremonies are witnessed between community members.

A family is not just its individuals but also the bonds between them and the feminine nurturing force that energises the family. For ticket reservations and more information contact the coordinators by emailing -

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