Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is a popular Indian festival. It is celebrated in order to commemorate the sacred relationship of a brother and sister. On this occasion, a sister tied an auspicious thread called Raksha Sutra, Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi on her brother's hands. This sacred thread is the symbol of the unbreakable tie of love between the siblings. A sister ties Rakhi on her brother's hand to seek his protection and care throughout her life. There is also a trend of presenting a gift or money by brothers in return as a token of love.
When Is Rakhi
The festival of Rakhi is celebrated in almost all the Hindu families around the world. Nowadays even some non-Hindu families now celebrate this festival as Rakhi has now become a universal celebration beyond religion to commemorate the pious threads of love between brother and sister. According to the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan falls on the purnima or full moon day in the holy month of Shravana, the fifth month of a Hindu calendar. This day corresponds to the July-August month according to the Gregorian calendar.
The preparation for Rakhi celebrations begin days before the actual celebrations. People wear new dresses and prepare lots of scrumptious items on this day. Those brothers who stay away from their sisters visit their sister's place to celebrate this occasion. In some families, this festival also becomes a reason for mini get-together. This day stands as the epitome of the eternal bonding of love and affection among siblings.
The festival of Rakhi is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is awaited by every body in the family. It becomes extra special when sisters get married and go away to some other place, as this becomes the occasion for the reunion of brother and sister. Though several changes have come in the recent years in terms of celebrations, the piousness of the festival remains the same. It is like the thread of Rakhi- beautiful, auspicious and unbreakable.
Rakhi 2018: Thursday Apr 26.