India is globally known for its rich cultural heritage and colourful festivals and fairs. Raksha Bandhan, being one of the most popular occasions, is purely a Hindu festival that stands for the pious relation of brothers and sisters. This relation of a brother and a sister is considered as the best relation of humanity.
According to Hindu calendar, every year the festival falls on the full moon day of Shravana.
Rakhi festival is a day to express love by the way of tying Rakhi on brother’s wrist whereby the brother takes upon the responsibility to protect his sister for the whole life. A rakhi is a sacred thread embellished with various stone work, embroidery and other metals that makes it more attractive and appealing. People celebrate the festival of Rakhi with full enthusiasm and spirit all across the world.
Different names of Raksha Bandhan
Different states of India celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan by different names. In the western part of India, it is known as ‘Nariyal Purnima’ which signifies the full moon like coconut. In southern India, this festival is known as “Avani Avittam or Upakarmam”. In central region of India, the festival is celebrated by the name ‘Kajari Purnima’.
Historical Significance of Rakhi
The origination of Rakhi festival can easily be traced back to the medieval period. During that period, the fragile thread of Rakhi cited a loving relation between brothers and sisters. According to a legend, the widow queen of Chittor, Rani Karnawati, defended her area by sending a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The history proves that Rakhi has saved many lives as it strengthens the strong bonds. One can also come across other stories and incidences about the history and origination of Rakhi festival.
Raksha Bandhan Celebrations
People start the preparation of Raksha Bandhan about a month before the festival. Before the arrival of this festival, the market stocks an array of astonishing rakhis and rakhi gifts. One can select from a wide assortment of attractive rakhis, gift combos and Rakhi return gifts to lure your siblings. Nowadays, you can also have the facility to send Rakhi gifts to any address across the globe.
The ritual of rakhi tying by the sisters on the brother’s wrist and putting rice particle and roli on his forehead depicts the sweet moments and sacred relation shared by them. On this auspicious day, all brothers and sisters express their deep love and concern by exchanging gifts. Gifts symbolise their togetherness and love. Brothers also pamper their sisters and promise to take care of them for whole life. Nowadays, expensive rakhis like Silver Rakhi, Pearl Rakhi and Gold Rakhi are very much in trend. One can also go for apparels, hi-tech gadgets, bracelets, wrist watches, perfumes and body sprays and many more.