Raksha Bandhan is one of the most sensational Hindu festivals celebrated by Hindu’s all over the world, emphasizing upon the special relationship shared by a brother and sister. Considering the social virtue of affiliation between a brother and sister, Raksha Bandhan is a beautiful sacred message for the whole world irrespective of religion telling all the brothers and sisters out there to be there for each other, love each other and care for each other. As the word “Raksha Bandhan” literally refers to “Knot of Protection”. On this day of Raksha Bandhan, a brother promises his sister to protect her till eternity, whereas a sister prays for the long and prosperous life of her brother.
How is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?
Few days or weeks before Raksha Bandhan, women buy Rakhi’s of diverse elegant designs available in the market. Rakhi is a sacred thread which a sister ties around the wrist of her brother on the day of Raksha Bandhan. Not all the women prefer to buy Rakhi from market, some of the women design their own Rakhi for their brothers with great zeal and zest. Rakhi could either be a simple or coloured thread or a sophisticatedly designed wrist accessory or a watch. After a sister ties Rakhi around her brother’s wrist, a brother hand over’s a special gift or a sum of money to his sister as an icon of love.
The whole scenario of Raksha Bandhan involves following essential steps without which Raksha Bandhan is curtailed.
Tying the Rakhi: On the day of Raksha Bandhan, both brother and sister get ready in beautiful dresses in the morning, in presence of whole family, both face each other and the sister ties Rakhi on her brothers wrist. Most often, this sacred ritual takes place in front of a Diya which is sort of a candle lamp.
Aarti and Promise making: One the Rakhi is tied up, sister rotates an Aarti around her brothers face and alongside prays for the well being, prosperous life of her brother. The Aarti is a metallic try comprising of a candle lamp on it, sacred in Hindu religion. Then a sister applies a colourful mark on the forehead of her brother, known as Tilak, that’s where a brother promises his sister to protect her forever.
Food feeding and gifting: After this, a brother feeds his sister with a sweets or any other special cuisine and gifts her tenderly. Then gifting session takes place and brother hand over’s his gift to her brother which could be anything selected by her brother with lots of love. In older times, the gift usually used to be a sum of money but nowadays, it could be anything special.
Due to the specialism of this festival, it has tremendously boosted up in modern lifestyle. Nowadays sophisticated gifts are exchanged from both sides. The gift from brother’s side usually is jewellery, hand bag, shopping card, etc. While as girls offer watches, chocolates, perfumes or another thing to their brothers.