When an entire ritual is dedicated to brothers and sisters, the pet parents of the city took the opportunity and gave phonta to their furry brothers. Since Tuesday morning, various social media sites were flooded with pictures of pet owners following the ritual with their pets.
Sweta Biswas, a Beliaghata-based student, posted a photograph of her giving phonta to her four-year-old German shepherd. “The main reason of spending the ritual is to pray for the long life of your brother, while the brother pledges to protect his sister. I am sure, Bruno (the GSD) will always protect me,” she added. Similarly, Baranagar-based Jayanta Saha owns a one-year-old St. Bernard and his daughter, Paramita, has also followed the ritual of Bhai Phonta with her brother-like pet. “I am a single child and I cannot even think of a better way to celebrate Bhai Phonta,” she said.
The owners are also aware of the custom of presenting gifts. Sweta, for instance, has presented a packet of chew bones. “He just loves chew bones and when Bruno gets one, he forgets everything else,” said Sweta. Paramita, on the other hand, is much more fashion-oriented and gifted her beloved St. Bernard, named Potka, a red collar. “In Puja and Diwali, we wear new clothes, then why shouldn’t they do the same,” asked Paramita. When asked, what gift they got in return, Sweta and Paramita said that the mere existence of their pets in their life is a gift in itself.
Source: Times of India