Members of Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh from Mountain House and Tracy pose for a picture with members of fire and police crews Aug. 10 at Fire Station 98 in Mountain House. Courtesy photo
Fire and police crews in Mountain House joined the members of Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh from Mountain House and Tracy in a celebration of Raksha Bandhan on Aug. 10. The festival, originally a celebration of the bond between sisters and brothers, has evolved to recognize the ties between individuals and their society. On Aug. 10, families gathered to exchange “rakhis,” colorful bracelets symbolizing love between siblings, and then visited Fire Station 98 in Mountain House. There, they toured the station and gave rakhis to the firefighters, a paramedic and a deputy sheriff to thank them for protecting the community. Indian sweets, cake and chocolate completed the day. In Sanskrit, “raksha” means to protect and “bandhan” signifies an obligation or bond.