Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates and reveres the bond between brother and sister. In fact in Hindu tradition, every relationship is valued and revered and there’s a festival dedicated to various other relations too. However, Rakhi is the most popular one that wins hands down! Be it kids, young, adults, or old – Rakhi is loved and looked forward to by everyone in the family! Raksha Bandhan is often fondly referred to as Rakhi.
It’s an emotional festival, and at the same time amongst the most popular festivals that Hindu households across the world celebrate which often brings families come together to celebrate the same. It is not just celebrated by or between real brother and sister; even close and far cousins come together happily to join in the Rakhi fanfare. As a matter of fact, right from the time a baby boy or a baby girl is born in the family the emotional preparations to celebrate Rakhi begin and everyone starts looking forward to celebrating Rakhi with the little new member! Brother-sister relationship is so revered in India, that it is a common tradition and practice to address even a stranger as bhaiya or behenji!
If Rakhi is celebrated in a family, nothing withstanding, it will be celebrated forever. No brother or sister will remain aloof or indifferent to it, no matter how far they are separated by distance. In fact, people plan months in advance and travel long distance just to be able to be with their siblings on this day and spend the festival together, reconnect emotionally, forging their bond to make it stronger. When coming together isn’t possible, they celebrate it by talking to each other through the day, praying for each other, wishing each other over phone via email, and most popularly via exchanging gifts on this auspicious day of Rakhi. This is an occasion when big time gift exchange takes place.
The traditional ritual is that sister ties Rakhi, a sacred silk thread around her brother’s wrist after a performing a small puja. The thread holds prayers to God almighty to keep her brother safe, healthy, prosperous, and send good wishes and blessings his way. Sister generally gives a gift to her brother as she ties Rakhi. Gifting was limited to money envelopes earlier but now the online Rakhi gift stores have added a lot more excitement to the tradition of gift exchange,
In reciprocation, the brother vows to protect and support her at every step of life; and honors her emotions by showering Rakhi gifts for sister. This ritual is repeated every year. The dates of celebration may differ every year based on Moon Position. Likewise, the Muhurats may also change.
Raksha Bandhan as per Hindu calendar is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravana (July-August). For 2019, as per Hindu calendar, or Panchang, the Purnima Tithi (onset of the festival) begins at 03:45 PM on 14th August 2019 and concludes at 05:59 PM on 15th August 2019. As per the same calendar, muhurat or favorable time slots also hold great importance; according to which favorable timings for Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony are suggested between 06:20 AM to 05:59 PM (Thursday, 15th August, 2019). The Panchang suggests Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat between 02:01 PM & 04:35 PM as the most auspicious time to tie Rakhi and perform the ritual. The next suitable Muhurat is between 08:08 PM to 10:18 PM.
The most charming facet of this festival is that while everyone in the family celebrates it together, yet it is being celebrated by everyone at an individual level. Such is the beauty of this festival! Man of the house (father) receives Rakhi from his sister with whom he may be separated by distance but not emotions; he reciprocates sister’s love by sending Rakhi gift to her. On the other hand, the lady of the house (mother) celebrates it by sending Rakhi to her brother and receives gifts in return; their little daughter celebrates it with her kid brother. And if grandparents are staying with them they also send Rakhi to their siblings or simply rejoice in the fun that their children and grand-children are having! Everyone celebrates the same festival with same emotions with their own sibling.
The tradition of gift exchange on the day of Rakhi is not at all modern, it is age old. Yes definitely, the medium of gift exchange has changed because of advent of technology and also owing to changing lifestyles. Earlier siblings lived close and were able to come together for celebrations but now it is not possible every year so Rakhi is sometimes celebrated apart! However, they’re celebrated with the same emotions and excitement.
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