Raksha Bandhan of India :

Raksha Bandhan is a unique festival to celebrate the sacred bond and cohesive relationship between a brother and a sister. This ritual is usually celebrated by the Sikhs and the Hindus. This auspicious occasion is celebrated in the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar.

Raakhi is celebrated to honor the vows of a brother for her sister to shield her from any harm. The sister in turn prays for a long and blissful life for her brother.  This event is marked by the sister tying a holy thread on her brother’s right wrist implying the strong affection and sensitive bonding. The thread consists of beautiful combinations of multicolored strings and may also be decorated with beautiful stones and beads. A feast of sweets and delicious delicacies follows.

Rakhi is not only a family affair but may as well be celebrated on a societal basis. Many girls commemorate this festival with close friends and even neighbors.  There is communal bonding among various groups of people and this occasion is an ideal opportunity to overcome personal differences and celebrate brotherhood.

Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without gifts. Every brother presents his sister with a well-chosen gift. Such is the importance of gift that goddess Lakshmi got a gift from the Demon king Bali when she tied the holy thread to Bali. Goddess Lakshmi had deliberately created this bond so that she could ask for the release of Lord Vishnu, who was guarding Bali’s kingdom under oath, as a gift.

Shop owners have a profitable season during Raksha Bandhan as brothers and sisters throng the markets to buy gifts, raakhis, new clothes, sweets, etc. Markets have a dazzling look with their display of colourful raakhis, gift items, sweets, etc.

Raksha Bandhan is a lifelong commitment of responsibility as well as an illustration of trust and love, across the world.

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