Rakhi is a festival to celebrate the brother sister relationship. Girls ties Rakhi to their brothers writs and greet them with sweets, in return the brothers greet their sisters with promise to stand by them in all their thick and thins and with gifts.
(A promise a trust…….. an agreement of protection)
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival and is celebrated on big scale in India. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi also celebrated in other parts of world where the followers of Hindu religion are located like in Nepal and Mauritius. It’s a festival to celebrate the brother-sister relationship. The festival is not bonded only with Hindus, but also observed in other religion of India, Jains and Sikhs primarily celebrate the festival with Hindus. The festival celebrates on the full moon day of Shravan month according to Hindu lunicolar calendar.
Historical Tree of Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is found in the history of subcontinent with great significant. The little custom with great benefits present there, the Rajput Queens sent the Rakhi threads to the neighboring rulers as a token of brotherhood, in return they assure the safety of their reign in the region. The receiver of Rakhi is bound to help in need of sender with brotherly mercy.
The bond of love
India is known for its festivals in world and the Rakhi is a festival that conveys the sibling love and strong family bound to the world. The spirit of the event is to strengthening the relationship of love between brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan festival is about sentiments, love and enjoyment in India. On the day of Rakhi the festivity begins with the day begins, people take a bath, wear new cloth and then gathers for worship to invoke the blessings of Gods. After worship, girls perform arti puts tika and a grain of rice on his forehead and ties Rakhi. Sisters give sweets of their brother’s choice to eat and pray for their brother’s well-being. To lure the sisters, brothers give gifts to their sisters and make promise to take care of them in any circumstances.
Religious Significance of Rakhi
This is considered that the Raksha Bandhan custom is a religious custom as it found in the lives of Gods and Goddesses. In the wars of Gods with evil kings they tied the holly threads as it enhances the strength and decision making power. It is found that Ganesh’s sister tied a Rakhi on Ganesh’s wrist, Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas tied a silk strip of her sari on arm of Krishna when he got wounded, Yumana the sister of Yama tied his brother the holy thread.
Rakhi Celebrations in India
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is to celebrate with great passion and eagerness. The festival zest spread all around the India, in markets you will be found with overstuffed Rakhi gifts, Rakhi cards and beautiful Rakhis itself. The tradition has never changed over time, for the centuries it is celebrated with the same enthusiasm. The festivities have only blown up to a larger scale.
There are different colors of Rakhi celebrations, through electronic media the trends of celebrations get widen as people through parties for Rakhi occasion. They invite their relatives to celebrate this event together. Girls send gifts and Rakhis through courier as well. People start preparing for Raksha Bandhan about a month before. Flooded shops of Rakhi gifts attracts people, people start their preparation in advance. There is special transmission on electronic media to greet people.
In India the respective festival is of reunion of family, it enhances the family bond. Sacred sentiments are associated with the great occasion; the sentiments of harmony and peace coexist with the joyful celebrations of Rakhi.