“It may be that memories will fade with time but the love that brother and sister share will never fade away, rather it will multiply over the years. Happy Raksha Bandhan !!
Raksha Bandhan- The festival where brothers and sisters celebrated the bond for each other and even those friends who are more like siblings and less like friends celebrate the festival. In every year during the month of August, Indians across various parts of the country celebrate Rakhi festival with much enthusiasm
In India, Rakhi celebrations are about strengthening the bond of love between brothers and sisters and fostering brotherhood. This festival is not a ritual, custom, and tradition that can change over time but its style of celebration has become contemporary. India is globally known for its colorful festivals and ever-green tradition. Celebrated with different rituals, family get-together, and sweets, Raksha Bandhan is about sentiments, love, and enjoyment. Like any other festival, rakhi has its unique significance.
How is Rakhi Celebrated in India?
The day begins with the family visiting the temple in new attire. The sister then decorates a thali (plate) for her brother with an oil lamp, sweets and the traditional Rakhi or a thread which signifies the bond of trust and love. She then proceeds to first tie the Rakhi on her brother’s wrist and then feed him the sweets. In return, the brother gives a sister some gift or blessings in the form of a gift. The gift could be in the form of a money, a gift from an offline or online gifting store in the form of Rakhi special gift hamper, a dress, a piece of jewelry items or any other such presents.
This festival captures the true spirit of India’s rich cultural heritage. The mode of celebration for this joyful event has changed with time but the purpose and rituals of Rakhi have remained unchanged.
Emotions can also be expressed through e-mails, e-cards, rakhi greeting cards and Rakhi through the Internet. The overflowing emotions of siblings cannot be stopped on this day.
Rabindra Nath Tagore started gathering of people like ‘Rakhi Mahotsavas’ in Shantiniketan to propagate the feeling of brotherhood among people. He believed that the this will invoke trust and feeling of peaceful coexistence. Raksha Bandhan, for them, is a way to harmonize the relationship of humanity. The tradition continues as people started tying rakhis to the neighbor and friends.
Years will go and our relationship will grow!! Days will pass but there will always be love in our hearts.
A very Happy Raksha Bandhan !!