Rakhi today or tomorrow? No clarity yet

Although all the government schools and offices in the city will be closed on August 20,eve of Raksha Bandhan,confusion still prevailed in most of the schools over the exact date for the celebrations

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published: August 20, 2013 3:05 am

Although all the government schools and offices in the city will be closed on August 20,eve of Raksha Bandhan,confusion still prevailed in most of the schools over the exact date for the celebrations. While some schools are celebrating the occasion on Tuesday,many schools have decided to remain shut on August 21.

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline,an Astrology teacher at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,Shekhar Jindal said,“The celebration of the Raksha Bandhan depends on the moon. It is supposed to be celebrated during the hours of the full moon and the timings for the full moon tomorrow starts around 10.30 pm and would end the next day at 7.15 am. Since 7.15 am will be too early,the celebration is on August 20,because,technically,after the completion of the full moon on August 21,the celebration will be considered inauspicious. Therefore,auspicious events like tying rakhi should be avoided after that time.”

According to the principal of Ryan International School,Poonam Sharma,“This time,it was a great confusion whether to give an off to the students on August 20 or 21. According to the Hindu calender,Raksha Bandhan is on August 21. So we have decided to give an off on Wednesday. I heard that most of the schools in Punjab will shut on August 21,but still,the dates are likely to create confusion for the students.”

Meanwhile,Bhavan Vidyalaya,Stepping Stones,Delhi Public School and St Annes convent School have decided to go by the Education Department’s calender and have given an off on August 20. Reema Dewan,principal of Delhi Public School said,“Our school will remain closed on August 20,going by the calender of the Education Department.

“There was a confusion earlier,but we didn’t have time to decide between the two dates,so we’ll be off tomorrow. We even checked with Delhi,where most of the schools will be closed on August 20.”

Rupinder Singh,principal of St Joseph’s said,“We are supposed to be giving an off for the occasion and not for the sake of giving an off any day,so we’ll be giving an off on August 21,which is the right day of Raksha Bandhan.” The principal of St Kabir,Gurminder Kaur echoed the same views.

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