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Indo-Trinidadians celebrate Rakhi

india Updated: Aug 29, 2007 03:04 IST

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The Indo-Trinidadian community in Port-of-Spain celebrated Rakshabandhan with fervour and joy.

On this day, sisters tie a rakhi (coloured thread) on the wrist of their brothers for protection and to invoke the blessings of god.

The festival has its origins in India and was brought to these shores by Indian labourers more than a century ago.

Since Tuesday morning, sisters were seen visiting their brothers and paying obeisance at Hindu temples in Port-of-Spain.

Over the years the Hindu festival has enveloped the national community and non-Hindu residents also take part in this auspicious occasion, online edition of Trinidad Express reported.

In fact, the famous Hindi song Bhaiya Mere from the 1958 film Chhote Behen has become an anthem for the festival.

The Indian community is mainly descendants of indentured Indian labourers who came to work in the sugar plantations in this country over a hundred years ago. There are around 520,000 Indo-Trinidadians in a population of a million.