Friday, July 31, 2015

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha bandhan in Sanskrit means "the tie or knot of protection". It is a Hindu festival that ritually celebrates love and duty between brothers and their sisters. It is called "RAKHI PURNIMA" or simply "RAKHI" in many parts of India. This festival is celebrated by Hindu, Jains and Sikhs. This festival falls on the full moon day of the Shravana month according to the Hindu calender.
On raksha bandhan, sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrists. This symbolises sister's love and prayers for her brother's well being and the brother's vow to lifelong protect her.
The days and weeks before women starts purchasing rakhi to tie on her brother's wrist. Some women make their own rakhi. Rakhi can a simple colourful thread or can intricate with decoration on top of it. Similarly, brother's too shop for the gifts for their lovely sister's before hand as a token of love and vow.
The ritual actually begins with a lightened diya with brother and sister facing each other. Then sister does tilak to her brother n prays for his good health, prosperity and happiness. Then the rakhi is tied by sister on her brother wrist. Then the sister feeds her brother in his mouth with one or more bites of sweets or desserts.The brother gives his sister the gift.
Raksha Bandhan festival is most awaited festival in India to celebrate brother sister relationship with care, love and happiness.

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