Raksha Bandhan which is also called as Rakhi is celebrated by Hindu’s in India and Nepal. Rakhi is multi-coloured silk thread, sometimes decorated with stones, pearls, glitter, and beads. Raksha Bandhan is observed in the month of August which is the month of Shravana according to Hindu lunar calendar.
The festival celebrates the sacred relationship, love, affection, fraternity, and sentiments of brother and sister. On Raksha Bandhan, sister puts kumkum and ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist along with chanting prayers. Sister then feeds a sweet to her brother. Brother offers her a gift. It is concluded with Sister touching brothers feet for the blessing. This festival has evolved to honor the relationship between a sister and brother. On this auspicious day, brothers promise to their sisters to protect them from all harms and troubles and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil.
In India, there is no festival with out gathering and mouth-watering food. Food and gatherings are the celebrations of togetherness, happiness, bursting emotions. With this auspicious occasion, coming up, it’s time to spread some cheer! Spend time with family and friends, catch up, while making yummy food. It’s all for the family.
The Significance of Raksha Bandhan
Raksha meaning protection. On this auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan brother makes a promise to protect his sister against all evils and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother too. Adults wish lifelong love, care, affection between siblings.
In modern days where brothers are far from home for college, jobs and working overseas, brothers and sisters are often not together to celebrate. Sisters shop for rakhi days or weeks before Raksha Bandhan. Those who are not together, post rakhi via mail. Many rakhi online stored popped up. Many jails offer school children tying Rakhi to inmates.