Raksha Bandhan, popularly known as the Rakhi Festival, is celebrated with great zeal in various parts of India. It falls in the Sravana month that usually comes in the month of August. This Hindu festival, which is primarily celebrated in the western and northern parts of the country, is celebrated to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters. Not many of you may be aware that this pious festival is not just celebrated in India but is also observed in different parts of Nepal and Mauritius.
On this auspicious day, the sisters tie a sacred thread called Rakhi on their brother’s wrist. Several colourful Rakhis of different shapes and sizes are made available in the market days before the festival. A lot of excitement is seen among women who go shopping for these beautiful threads. Many are also seen shopping for new clothes and jewellery to adorn on this special occasion.
The sisters pray for their brother’s health and well being as they tie the knot. The brothers on the other hand vow to protect their sisters from every evil. Rakhi festival is celebrated during the morning hours and the sisters do not eat anything until they tie the sacred thread. As a ritual, aarti is performed, prayers are said and the sisters apply tilak on their brothers’ forehead before tying the rakhi. Both of them then share sweets and brothers present gift to their sisters.
Like various other festivals in India, this one also brings the families together and strengthens their bond.