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Rakhi Festival: A Festival of Love and Care

India is a land of festivities. Anywhere you travel in India, you will find an amalgam of colourful festivals. While some festivals and rituals are specific to particular regions, others are observed all over the country with equal enthusiasm. One such festival is Rakhi. Also known as Raksha Bandhan, this occasion is celebrated by tying Rakhi (a thread of protection) on brother’s wrist by his sister. It denotes utmost love, care and affection and speaks high of a heart-warming relationship between brothers and sisters.

Bond of Love

Relationships in the same family carry a special bond of love and respect and strength for each other. Fortunate ones stay together and meet often. Others might be far from each other, maybe in different cities within India or abroad. Sisters, who share the same love with their brothers but are staying far apart, might send Rakhi to their brothers online or by post. The Rakhi might be a simple thread to look at, but when it reaches the brother, it is overwhelming to describe the love which the Rakhi is carrying. The brother then ties it on his wrist and remembers his dear sister. Heartfelt gratitude is usually expressed by return gifts as a token of love for her affection. With so many reliable online resources, it is now easy to send Rakhi to India within a short span of time.

Historical Importance of Rakhi

The festival of Rakhi has its roots in the ancient times when the queens of Rajput dynasty used to send it to their brothers living in neighbourhood dynasties. The Rakhi then symbolised that brothers would always protect their sisters from evil and promised not to attack their sister’s kingdom themselves too. It has also been noted that Rakhi was once tied by wife on husband’s wrist as a bond of love and protection. With the changing decades, the concepts evolved a lot. Now, Rakhi is a festival to celebrate love between siblings.

Celebrations and rituals

Raksha Bandhan is marked in the Indian calendar on the Shravan Purnima which is a full moon day. This widely celebrated festival was originally observed in North and West India. But now it is an internationally celebrated festival as Indians staying in global destinations also wait for this festival year long to bond with their sisters. Those who can join and meet each other always make it a point to celebrate the festival together. Those who can’t, plan well in advance to send Rakhi to India from overseas. The brothers, on the other hand, also reciprocate by sending lovely gifts. Some like to send flowers along with their sister’s favourite gifts like chocolates, sweets and jewellery or apparel.

How is it celebrated?

 Apart from this exchange of Rakhi and gifts, the sister prepares a traditional plate in front of God where she keeps a small diya, flowers, red kumkum, grains of rice and sweets along with the Rakhi. She prays for brother’s long life, blesses him with wealth and prosperity wishes and both enjoy savoury sweets. The brother is supposed to touch the sister’s feet seeking her eternal blessings and promises to protect her forever. Married sisters also like to present handkerchiefs, clothes and brother’s favourite things along with Rakhi as it is a good occasion to express brotherly love.

You can get various sources where you can send Rakhi to your brother. In order to send flowers and gifts, you can browse online conveniently and pick the perfect ones for your dear sister. Never miss the opportunity to join together to celebrate the beautiful festival of Rakhi.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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