Rakhi is a Hindu festival celebrating the bond of love between siblings. It is observed on the full moon day of Shravana (July-August), the fifth month in the Hindu calendar. On this day, sisters tie a threaded amulet called rakhi on their brothers’ wrists.
This symbolizes the brother’s oath to protect his sister throughout her life. In return, the sister offers prayers and blessings for her brother’s health and well-being. Brothers also give their sisters gifts to show their love and appreciation. This tradition is celebrated by both Hindus and people from other parts of the world significantly influenced by Hindu culture.
Legend has it that a long time ago, Lord Krishna cut his finger during an epic battle and Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas felt so much pain watching him that she tore a piece of her sari and wrapped it around her brother’s wounded hand. This touched the heart of Lord Krishna who then vowed to protect her in every situation in future.
This is the story that inspires millions of modern-day Indians to display their gratitude towards their friends and family by tying rakhi on one another’s wrists. It is a ritual that expands everyone’s conception of what it means to be family in the true spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
What is Rakhi?
When a sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist, it is a symbol of her unconditional love and affection for him. She prays for her brother’s happiness, good health and success in all his endeavors. She also hopes that he would never face any misfortune in his life. Similarly, the brother too promises to safeguard his sister’s honor at any cost and takes an oath that he will always be there for her. This is the most important aspect of this festival and it is observed by both Hindus and people from other faiths as well.
In addition to tying the rakhi, sisters also give their brothers return gifts to express their love and care for them. These gifts can range from jewelry, cash to apparel and cosmetics. However, kurtas and sarees are the most common return gifts that brothers give to their sisters.
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is an important occasion that is celebrated with utmost joy and excitement. This is the perfect time for brothers and sisters to come together and celebrate their beautiful bond of love. Not only does it strengthen their relationship but also teaches them to fight for their rights and live their lives to the fullest. The bond of a brother and sister is sacred and the festival of rakhi is a beautiful way to celebrate that special relationship. So this year on rakhi, show your loved ones how much you cherish them by tying a rakhi and showering your love with the best gifts for her.