Raksha Bandhan

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Each occasion brings near and dear ones together which calls for a celebration. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival and it holds a special significance in the Indian culture. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India. This is a traditional festival to celebrate the strong bond of love-affection between brother and sister. ‘Raksha’ means protection and “Bandhan” means bond. It is a day when sisters pray for brother’s wellbeing, happiness and in return brother promises to protect his sister. Brother or sister visit each other on this day and sister ties a silk thread on her brother’s wrist to protect him from any evil. Sister gives gifts and sweets to her brother and in return brother also gives gifts to his sister and promises to protect her in life.

RakshaBandhan is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the Hindu month “Shravan” (usually falls in August) Different people follow different customs and traditions to celebrate this festival. Rakshabandhan is primarily celebrated in North and West India but it is celebrated in other parts too but with different names and has a different significance.

Rakshabandhan is celebrated as ‘Rakhi poornima’, ‘Kajri poornima’,’Narali poornima’,’Shravan Poornima’ ,’Pavitropana’,”Avani Avittam’, in different parts of India. It is the festival time for the people on the coastal regions in India. This day is important especially for fishermen who depend mostly on the sea for their living. On this day they worship the Sea-God. This full moon is considered to be the end of Monsoon. Because during Monsoon the seas are violent and fishermen don’t go into the seas. Hence this day marks the beginning of the new season for them. They worship the sea god and offer coconut to get his blessings for the great season ahead.
People make different sweets like Saffron-coconut sweet rice (Naryal bhat), Laddoos, Burfi, kheer etc at home or they get any readymade sweet from the store.

Most of the Indian festivals are about celebrating different relationships. Rakshabandhan is one of them to show the importance of brother-sister relationship in our life. Although we don’t need a particular day to celebrate and value this bod instead we can do it throughout our life but by celebrating it on a special day gives us a reminder that there are some relationships important in our life than other things so give some time for those special bonds. In short such festivals captures the true spirit of relationship and also about India’s rich cultural heritage.

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