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Raksha bandhan

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Introduction:

'Raksha Bandhan' is a famous festival of Hindus. It is also known as the festival of Rakhi. It falls on Purnima or full moon day in the month of Shravan according to Hindu calendar. It is celebrated across all over India. Generally, this festival falls in the month of August. The festival is most common among the Hindus. However, it is also celebrated by the Sikhs, Jains and other communities. This festival is the symbol of love, care, duty and protection between brother and sister.

On this occasion of Rakhi, a sister ties a colorful thread around her brother’s wrist and in return brother gives them gifts and also promises for their protection in all Conditions throughout life. This holy festival is celebrated between siblings, real or cousin brother sister and also distance family members to express their unconditional love and affection towards each other. Many of the sisters, who are living at long distance from their brother’s home, send Rakhi’s by post, mail, etc. or brothers come to their sister’s home to celebrate this auspicious festival.

 

Ritual:

The preparation of this famous festival starts from many days before as markets in India became full of Rakhis, gifts and sweets during this raksha bandhan period. Generally, sisters buy rakhi or sometime they make it themselves for their brothers. Firstly sisters tie rakhi around her brother’s wrist and do tilak on forehead, do aarti and then make wish of well-being, good health, long life, prosperity and wealth for brothers. They also get in return some exciting gifts, surprises and commitment of unconditional protection whenever required in future.

 

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Celebration:

Fairs are held in most of the towns, where beautiful rakhis are sold. Women and girls visit these fairs and select their favorite rakhi. Some girls prefer make Rakhi of their own.

Women and girls wake up early in the morning and start preparing delicious food and desserts for their brothers.

Both the sister and the brother wear new clothes on this day. The brother gives gifts to the sister.

 

Importance:

Raksha Bandhan reinforces the love between brother and a sister. It is the duty of every brother to protect his sister. The sister prays for the well-being, success, and safety of her brother. The brother promises to safeguard his sister under all Conditions. It helps to build a healthy family relationship.

 

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