Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan? A Festival of Love and Bond
Raksha Bandhan is around the corner and people are gearing up for the festival. But do you know why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan? It is a day when a sister will tie a ‘rakhi’ around her brother’s wrists to show her love and affection. When a sister will pray for the brother’s long life and success. When a brother will pledge to protect her sister and stand beside her in every thick and thins. Raksha Bandhan’ is a festival of great significance in Hinduism which has been practiced since ancient times.
Raksha Bandhan can build blood relations even with strangers. The festival which dissolves love and harmony in everyone’s heart. ‘It is said that the festival of Raksha Bandhan started when the Queens used to send ‘rakhis’ to their neighbors as a symbol of brotherhood. As for now, the tradition has changed and it has become a festival which shows the strong bond of relationship between a brother and a sister
When and how it is celebrated?
Today, we will tell you that why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan? Rakhi is celebrated on the full moon of the Savan month, according to the Hindu calendar. The preparations for the day begins way before the festive day. The purchase of rakhi, sweets, and gifts are done the day before. In fact, today one can get their rakhi by choosing among the variety of rakhis available in the market, whichever describes their bond the best. There are rakhis in the market in which you can carve the name of your brother or even you can offer your little brother the one with his favorite cartoon character.
On the day of Rakhi, a plate is decorated with ‘roli’, rice grains, ‘diya’, sweets and rakhis to perform the rituals. Brothers offer gifts or money to their sisters. Expensive or inexpensive the gifts are cherished by all the sisters. Thus, Rakhi makes the siblings and cousins realize the importance of growing together and strengthen their bond in all way.
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