Celebrating Universal Oneness Day a Hindu Festival Raksha Bandhan at Hoffman Estates Police Station

  • HSS young volunteers celebrates Raksha Bandhan at the Hoffman Estates Police Station.

    HSS young volunteers celebrates Raksha Bandhan at the Hoffman Estates Police Station. Courtesy of HSS Volunteers

 
 
Updated 8/10/2022 8:49 AM

In 2022, the Hindu Festival of Universal Oneness - Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on Aug. 12.

Hindus have traditionally observed Raksha Bandhan, simply translated as the "Protection Connection" as a holiday reaffirming the relationship between sisters and brothers. Since 2004, HSS volunteers celebrate this occasion at a societal level to reaffirm their social and civic responsibilities and to support and protect the community that they are part of.

 

HSS volunteers reached out to first responders and community leaders to appreciate their efforts to keep community safe. The volunteers' kids tied the traditional rakhi (pronounced rah-KEY, a string bracelet) around the wrist of Hoffman Estates police officers. This way, HSS young volunteers celebrated Universal Oneness Day with pride to reflect harmony in "safety" and "bond" with the first responders.

HSS is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, organized under the laws of the United States for the purpose of education and community service. HSS mission is to bring together the American Hindu society, pass on the Hindu culture to future generations, and collectively contribute to and serve local communities in the U.S.

In April 2021, HSS Schaumburg chapter helped the village of Hoffman Estates' COVID-19 vaccination drive. HSS Schaumburg's 30 plus volunteers engaged in the village assigned tasks from registration, queue management, vaccine database entry to achieve village's target of 750 plus vaccinations in a day.

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