Raksha Bandhan – Sibling’s Love

Raksha Bandhan – Sibling’s Love

Raksha Bandhan aka Rakhi is the bond of love between siblings. It’s a special occasion majorly celebrated in North India in the month of August. Raksha means to protect and Bandhan means bond. So collectively it means to protect your sister from all evils and strengthen the emotional bond of love between brother and sister.

On this festival sister’s tie a holy thread around their brother’s wrist with a promise that he’ll always protect her no matter what. This is specifically a bond of love and protection. Raksha Bandhan signifies that the strong one must protect the weak from all the evil. Earlier, the woman was considered weak but nowadays it’s more like a protecting each other from evil irrespective of brother or sister.

It is celebrated on the full moon’s day. The sisters tie the holy string on their brother’s wrist and pray for their long lives. Rakhis are somewhat like friendship bands made up of threads. There are different colored rakhi’s available in the market such as gold, silver, copper made of silk and studded with stones. Nowadays they are available in beautiful bracelets too.

Raksha Bandhan – Sibling’s Love

Hindu women usually tie the rakhi after taking bath as it is considered holy. Then they decorate the plate which is also known as rakhi thali. The rakhi thali includes things like turmeric, rice, sweets and sometimes even money too. The brothers then sit on their respective place to initiate the process of Raksha Bandhan.

The festival starts with sisters applying tilak (a little mark of turmeric mixed with the above ingredients) on their brother’s forehead followed by the Aarti (worship). The sisters pray for their brother’s long lives followed by tying rakhi on their brother’s wrist. The brother’s then give them some money or gifts as a mark of their love.

Raksha Bandhan is all about family bonding and sibling love. In our busy lives, we often forget the importance of relationships, festivals like these give us a chance to renew and strengthen the sibling bond.

 

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