Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is a very
special Indian festival . "Raksha" means protection, "bandhan"
means bound or binding. It is to reaffirm and celebrate the special
bond between a brother and a sister. Sisters tie a special band
or bracelet on their brothers' wrist on the day of Rakhi as a
mark of affection.
Around mid-August, on Shravan Purnima,
Hindus all over celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
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It is a way of telling your
brother that you'll never forget how he teased you about everything,
yet the time. How he fought with you over little things, but
protected you whenever let others speak a single word against
you. And how you bid him farewell with a smile, and only he saw
those tear drops in your eyes.
What is Rakshabandhan
or Rakhi ? : Rakhi is a special
wrist band or Bracelet for brother, Raksha-Bandhan is a very
special Indian festival. It is to reaffirm and celebrate the
special bond between a brother and a sister. Sisters tie a
special band or bracelet on their brothers' wrist on the day
of Rakhi as a mark of affection.
Raksha Bandhan Traditions
Raksha Bandhan day starts with
a festive mood in every Indian home. Rakhis are made or bought
a day before the festival. Traditional goodies and dishes are
prepared early in the morning. After an early bath, the offering
Puja (worshipping of god) takes place. The sister then offers “aarti” (a
traditional way of worshipping) to her brother and ties the thread
on his right wrist. Traditional “tilak” or vermilion
powder on the forehead of the brother is put and the brother
blesses the sister. The tradition of giving gifts and presents
is also an important part of this festival. The brother gifts
his sister a gift after she ties the Rakhi on his wrist. This
gift acts as a token of love and affection of the brother towards
the sister. Sometimes sisters also demand for a gift of their
own choice to keep it as a loving memory of that very day. However,
the blessing bestowed by the brother itself is regarded as the
biggest gift for the sister. Treating her brother along with
her entire family, the goodies and eatables that have been prepared
follows next. The normal rituals are followed with great devotion
India shows its unity among diversity
in its various ways of celebrating Raksha Bandhan too. Rakhi
is mostly celebrated in the northern part of India. The celebration
of Raksha Bandhan is more or less the same in this region. But
the other parts of India celebrate this festival in various other
ways. The rituals and customs followed differ with region to
The festival of Raksha Bandhan
is also known as Narial Poornima or Coconut Full Moon in Mumbai’s
famous beaches. Coconuts are thrown into the sea to propitiate
the Sea God, Varuna, who is the chief object of worship on this
occasion. The ‘three eyes’ of the coconut are believed
to represent the three-eyed Shiva and hence the religious significance.
In fact, Hindus consider it auspicious to break a coconut in
front of a deity before embarking upon any important venture.
A similar practice is followed in some other places in order
to offer Puja to the God of rain and water, Lord Varuna. Raksha
Bandhan is called Avani Avittam in South India. This is the time
of “upakarmam,” and is celebrated in various ways.
It falls on the full-moon day of the month of Shravan (August–September).
It is an important Hindu festival. On this day, Hindu Brahmans
wear a new holy thread and offer libations of water to the ancient
Rishis. The day is also set apart for Brahmins to change their
sacred thread they wear. Thus, though the rituals and customs
followed are different from region to region, the festivities
of the Indian festivals have always been present in all the festivals.
The characteristics like jauntiness, zeal, customs and rituals,
traditional cuisines are also very much present in all the festivals
The festival of Raksha Bandhan
is very significant in a Hindu society. Hindu society values
relationships to a great extent. Raksha Bandhan not only helps
in strengthening the relationship between brothers and sisters,
it also strengthens the relationship of the society in general.
This simple ceremony affirms the people’s loyalty and faith
not only amongst themselves, but also for the society. Celebration
of festivals creates a feeling of unity and belongingness in
the minds of the people involved to it.