People of all ages came together in small self-organized groups to make rakhis out of so-called 'waste' materials: paper scraps, cardboard, cloth scraps, rubber pieces, cola caps, clay, etc.  Several people spent 30 minutes to one hour making a special rakhi, to share with their sister, brother, or loved one.  Many people realized it was the first time they had made a rakhi with their own hands; they thoroughly enjoyed the creative process, and they were looking forward to making more by hand next year, instead of purchasing them from the market.