In India, relationships have a special significance. They are not only valued and kept close to heart but also celebrated in a unique way. One such extraordinary and very beautiful relationship is of brother and sister.

Celebrated in the name of Raksha Bandhan, this particular festival is meant to reinforce the bond existing between brother and sister. To celebrate Raksha Bandhan, sister ties rakhi or the sacred thread on the wrist of her brother and the brother takes the oath of protecting and keeping her happy, all through her life.

Origin of Raksha Bandhan:

The tradition of Raksha Bandhan comes from the old times of Vedic period. It is believed that lord Indra was once forced to encounter the odds in a battle against demons. On losing hope and his entire valor, Lord Indra decided to go to Guru Brihaspati who then asked Lord Indra to tie a thread bearing the mystic power sacred mantras on his wrist. Indra’s wife Indrani performed the ceremony on the highly auspicious ‘Shravan Poornima’ or the Full Moon Day. And eventually it was the incredible power of blessed thread that empowered Indra to accomplish victory against the demons. And since then, the tradition to celebrate Raksha Bandhan started in India. And till now, most Indian Hindu families believe in this concept and celebrate Raksha Bandhan.

The Coeval Style to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan:

Though the true essence to celebrate Raksha Bnadhan is still the same, it is the part of fun and enjoyment that has increased with time. Today, sisters have gained the privilege of asking expensive gifts from their brothers in return of tying the sacred thread. Where brothers take pride in having a whole festival celebrated for them, sisters enjoy the part of receiving gifts. However, till date, it means to strengthen the bond of the relationship between brother and sister.

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