During the festival of Rakhi, the markets are in full bloom. A few days before the festival, sisters go to the market and do rakhi shopping, which includes buying the sacred thread as well as gifts for their brother. Along with that, they also buy sweets and new clothes. There are various types of rakhis, with several designs, found in the market around Raksha Bandhan. The wide range of rakhis include fancy rakhis, zari rakhis, resham rakhis, mouli, cartoon rakhis, rakhis with a religious touch, jewellery rakhi and many more.
Shopping On Rakhi
Rakhis For Kid Brothers
If you have a brother who is less then 13 years, you can select a rakhi with some cartoon images or some super hero images on it, depending on his liking. Children of this age group generally like the cartoon characters like jokers, pokemons, Donald Duck, shaktiman, Mickey Mouse, tweety, superman and other superheros. The musical Rakhis that produce different musical sounds are also liked by boys in this age group. You can also go for rakhis with toys, like mobile handsets, cars, bikes and animals, attached to them.
Rakhis For Young Brothers
For the brothers in the age group of 13 to 20 years, you can select rakhis with a traditional look, like fancy rakhis, stone rakhis, gold-silver coated rakhis and zari rakhis. Rakhis with trendy looks, like bracelet style rakhis, wrist watch style rakhis and currency note rakhis, are equally liked by boys his age group. Do make sure that you go for the latest designs of rakhis in the market.
Rakhis For Older Brothers
The brothers above 20 years of age are included in this age group. They usually like simple, not very heavily decorated, rakhis. Most of them like simple 'dori', mouli or the 'Ram rakhis'. You can go for zari rakhis, resham rakhis, gold/silver coated rakhis and rakhis embedded with precious and semi-precious stones as well. The special rakhis, with a little religious touch, will also be well-liked. Such rakhis carry the pious symbols, like 'Om', 'Swastika' and 'Shree', on them. Rakhis carrying the images of idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses are also very popular in this age group.
Rakhis For Sisters-in-law
In some parts of India, like Rajasthan and Gujrat, ladies tie a special type of rakhi, known as 'Kangan Rakhi', to their sisters-in-law as well. The 'Kangan Rakhi' is tied to the bracelet or the bangle of the ladies. First of all, women apply 'Roli Teeka' on the forehead of their sister-in-law. Then, they tie Kangan on to their sister-in-law's bangle or bracelet. Finally, they offer delicious sweets and exchange, which could be either in cash or kind.
On the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, all the brothers want to be with their sister. However, sometimes, it is just not possible. In such a case, the sisters usually send online rakhi to their brother, sometimes accompanies with gifts as well.