Date: 18th August, 2016
Festivals, particularly in India, are the social events, conviviality of affectionate closeness. Out of innumerable festivals celebrated in India, Raksha Bandhan is one such gala that speaks loud about sublime sentiments, affection, fraternity and friendliness. Raksha Bandhan is also known as ‘Rakhi’ that literally means ‘the bond or the knot of protection’. This festival is an event to groove in affectionate siblinghood.
No celebration in India is complete without a dash of family gatherings, grooving, ear-splitting noises, exchange of gifts & sweets, and of course merrymaking. Raksha Bandhan though being a regional festival, mainly belonging to North & Western India, celebrates the link of love connecting brothers and sisters. Despite being originated in particular regions of India, this festival has gone beyond the boundaries of North and Western India. Now, people all over the world have started observing this festival with the same spirit and gaiety.Picking up on Rakhi Customs
Raksha Bandhan is marked by different rituals that include preparing a pooja thali with essentials like roli, diya, rakhi thread, chawal, and sweets. Rakhi ritual begins with an early morning prayer to the Almighty. After then the sister puts tilak on her brother’s forehead and wraps the auspicious thread around his hand wishing him good luck, success and long life. In return, brother acknowledges his affection by taking a pledge to protect her from every odd of life and offers her a special gift.
The gift that a brother bestows his sister with symbolizes togetherness, love, care and affection. The legends, fables and stories connected to the festival of Raksha Bandhan echo its importance.Rakhi- the Unconditional Bond of Affection
Despite development in each and every walk of life, the traditions related to the festival of Rakhi are same as they were used to be in yesteryears. Only the means of celebration have changed but the essence of the festival is same. This auspicious day features an inherent power that connects siblings even miles away together. No matter in which part of world they have landed in the course of time, when this celebration arrives, they always find a way to get connected and indulge in jubilance.
For every brother and sister out there, Rakhi festival is the perfect time to foster relationships, crack a joke, share childhood memories, chomp sweets, and exchange gifts. Those who are unable to meet on this auspicious day, leverage online media and send rakhi gifts, cards, etc. online symbolizing their love.