Raksha Bandhan - The Festival Brotherhood and Love
- 2nd August
is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love.It is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Shraavana in the lunar
The word Raksha means protection, whilst
Bandhan is the verb to tie. Traditionally, during the festival sisters tie a
rakhi, a bracelet made of interwoven red and gold threads, around their
brothers' wrists to celebrate their relationship. This thread, which pulsates
with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is rightly called the ‘Rakhi’.
This ritual not only strengthens the bond
of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the
family.The importance of Raksha Bandhan is same as diwali festival in India.
The celebration of Raksha Bandhan is marked by
happiness and excitement especially for young girls and women. Preparations for
the festival begin well in advance.On the Raksha Bandhan day, the festivities
start by the day break. Every one gets ready early and gathers for the worship
of the deities. After invoking the blessings of the Gods, the sister performs
brother’s arti, puts tika and chawal on his forehead and ties Rakhi amongst
chanting of mantras. Then she gives him sweets and gifts. The brother accepts
her offerings and vows to take care of her and be by her side in the time of
need. As a token he gives the sister a return gift and sweets. The family
reunion itself is the reason for celebration. Tasty dishes, sweets, gifts, sing
and dance and what not. Any Indian festival is incomplete without this.
The day is all about raksha or protection, not just
for self but for the dear ones, for peaceful existence of the human race. Each
ritual that is followed has a significance. The sisters seek love from their
brothers, the brothers seek courage and endurance. People worship the Gods of
water, the basis of life.
Rakhi has been promoted as a way of harmonious life by many a social workers
and philoophers. It is a festival that dictates the values of brotherhood and
Pyaar Ke Do
behan ko na