By Waleed Khan and Dharminder Balach 


A woman is tying a holy rakhi around the wrist of her brother in Cholistan (Rahim Yar Khan).

As the Hindu minority in Pakistan is celebrating the festival Rakhi Bandhan today to mark the bond of love between brother and sister, religious festivity can be seen among the Hindu community of Cholistan in Southern Punjab’s Rahim Yar Khan district. There is a vibrant Hindu community living in the Cholistan Desert for centuries.

According to the tradition, girls can tie a rakhi thread to their brothers or to someone they regard as a brother. In return, the brother gives a token gift and promises to protect her from any problem.

Rakhi festival dates back to the Vedic period, which is a religious festival of Hindus, celebrating the love and duty between brother and sister.

Rakhi is also known as Raksha Bandhan which means a bond of protection. The festival is observed on a full moon day in the month of Shravana as per Hindu calendar.

A woman is performing the ritual of aarti before tying rakhi to her brother.


According to the Hindu mythology, women perform aarthi to help ward off evil eye from their brothers.


A local journalist and a writer Preetam Das Balach is seen with his sister.


Sweet was also served at the Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan festival.


In return, men resolve to provide protection to their sisters.


The tradition of Rakhi is celebrated with religious fervor every year among Cholistani Hindu community.


The traditional Raksha Bandhan thali.
Women recite holy bhajans to mark the occasion of rakhi.


Kids also perform the ritual of Raksha Bandhan at homes in their traditional attire.


The color of rakhi could be red or black depending upon the choice of the girl.


Brothers bless their sisters by keeping their hand on their head and promising their security.


The writers work with PakVoices as citizen journalists from Rahim Yar Khan.