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Raksha Bandhan

(Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi)
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Being an extremely diversified country, India has a wide variety of people. The culture, traditions and also celebrations vary from region to region. With many religions co-existing, there are many festivals to be celebrated. Celebrations are enjoyed throughout the year in this country.

India is well known for its ethics and family values and relations among people; many relationships are considered very sacred here. The relationship between a brother and his sister is one such relation. Raksha Bandhan is mainly celebrated by the Hindus and Jains; it is more popular in the northern and western regions of India.

Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi implies ‘a bond of protection’) among the siblings is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Shravana. On this day, a brother shows his affection for his sister and promises to protect her for life time. Displaying the love of siblings and their commitments to each other, it is one of the widely celebrated festivals these days. It is also observed as ‘Rakhi Purnima’ in the southern part of India.

Celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Shravana, a sister ties a sacred thread on the wrist of her brother asking God to give him good health and a good life. In return, the brother will promise to take care of her and protect her always. In case of no siblings, the girl ties Rakhi to her cousins, showing her affection for them. In some cases, boys who are not the girl’s relatives are also considered as brothers, and Rakhis are tied to their wrists.

The popularity of Raksha Bandhan rose after Rani Karnavati (widowed queen of Chittor) sent a Rakhi to the then Mughal emperor Humayun asking for help. This showed that the festival was not celebrated among siblings earlier; however, importance was given to the protection of the fairer sex.

In olden days, Rishis (sages) tied Rakhis to people who came to them seeking blessings, and they also tied it on their own wrists to protect themselves from evil. With significant changes in our lifestyle, the celebration of Raksha Bandhan has also undergone many changes.

Traditions


The major part of the day is that the sister prepares a sacred ‘Puja Thali’ to perform the ritual. The plate consists of Diya, Roli, Chawal, Rakhi and sweets. Then, she prays to God asking for her brother’s good health. Later, she ties the Rakhi on her brother’s wrist and wishes for his well being. In turn, the brother gives a gift to his sister and promises to protect her forever. The gift symbolizes the physical acceptance of a sister’s love and affection.

Tourist Essential


Raksha Bandhan being a festival to be celebrated by siblings, it is basically a family affair. However, the special Pujas performed at different temples to commemorate this day might be an attraction to the tourists to learn more about the culture of India.

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