The festival of Rakhi is just a few days away and families across India are preparing for this special day. In most families, Rakhi is made by giving sweets and gifts, but Rakhi is not about sweets or gifts. Rakhi means something special, it is a festival of love and brotherhood between brother and sister.
If you do not have any siblings or cousins, you can also celebrate the festival of Rakhi by tying a ‘knot of protection’ on the wrists of your close friends. So then you become honorary siblings for the rest of your life. It is a very sweet ritual with roots in history and tradition.
When is the Festival of Rakhi celebrated?
In India, Rakhi is celebrated on the full moon day in the holy Hindu month of Shraavana. It usually falls in the English month of August, the middle of the Indian monsoon. This year it will be celebrated on Thursday, 11 August 2022.
How is Raksha Bandhan celebrated in India?
This auspicious day is a family day, and preparations start in advance for this auspicious day as all the family members and sisters and daughters get together. When it is time for the rituals, the sisters and brothers sit facing each other. Sisters then tie rakhi on brother’s wrist. Which is adorned with diamonds and pearls on a simple silk thread.
After this, the aarti is performed with a special Indian decorated thali, which is of bronze or copper. On which there is a lamp in which there is ghee and there is a cotton match and it is burning on the cotton.
While performing the aarti, the sister rises to this plate and puts it in front of her brother and prays for his long life and success and takes the promise that he will protect himself and other sisters. And in this the brother promises to protect the sisters for life.
At the end of this ritual, siblings feed each other sweets. And on this day the whole family gets together and enjoys it.
Those whose brothers are living far away, their sisters usually post Rakhi to their brothers with good wishes.
Meaning of Rakhi – Let us understand in a Modern Context.
Rakhi is more important than an auspicious holiday for Indians. There is a deep and special meaning attached to its delicate thread. It is the sweetest metaphor for the sweetest friendship and relationship in the world. There is love and brotherhood among those who celebrate this special day. Keeping the relationship strong requires the protection and upbringing between both the parties which this silk thread provides.
HAPPY RAKSHABANDHAN TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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