Raksha Bandhan in India : Sunday, 26 August, 2018
A brief History about Raksha Bandhan
As the legend says, story behind the celebration of this festival is about Yamuna, sister of Yama – the lord of Death, who used to tie Rakhi (a colourful thread decorated with beads and stars) to his brother on every Shravan Purnima. Yama was so impressed by the occasion that he declared that whoever got a Rakhi tied from his sister would become immortal. From that day onwards girls tie Rakhi on the wrists of their brothers wishing them a long life and brothers bestow their blessings by promising to take care of the sisters through thick and thin.
How Raksha Bandhan is celebrated
Rakshabandhan is an Indian festival. As the name suggests 'Raksha' means protection and 'bandhan' means bond. This festival is the symbol of love and affection between brothers and sisters. This festival is celebrated every year on the full-moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar (usually it comes in the month of August).
On this day sisters tie auspicious thread called Rakhi on their brothers’ wrist and put red coloured Tilak and pray for their brothers’ well being and success future, and brothers promise safety of their sisters and give them gifts as token of their love.
The best part about this auspicious day is that it pushes the brothers and sisters living distance apart to come home and be a part of family union. In our country you will find the traditional Rakshabandhan special sweet, namely Ghewar. This popular sweet is prepared only during the days of this festival. Preparations starts many days before, if sisters are too far away they send there Rakhi by post. The best gifts to exchange on this day are cards, sweets and other related items.
In India, all the girls also send their Rakhis to the soldiers who are protecting our borders and are fighting for our safety. This is a token of love and appreciation sent to the Army men in the form of long life, well-being and success of our soldiers.
Rakshabandhan brings closeness between all the family members and increase love and affection for each other.