Rakhi is a festival that is dedicated entirely to celebrate and appreciate the love and affection that exist between a beautiful relationship between a brother and a sister. There are so many festivals in India but Rakhi is one that everyone across the country awaits for. On this day sisters tie a ‘Rakhi’ which is a decorated thread on to their brother’s hand and pray for their long life. Brothers, in turn, give their sisters gifts and vow that they will protect and care for them. Thus all brothers and sisters across all the religions celebrate this day with great enthusiasm.
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As per Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Shraavan. In western India this day is celebrated as Nariyal Purnima and an offering of a coconut is made to the sea to a mark of respect to Lord Varuna, the God of the Sea. Nariyal Purnima also marks the beginning of the fishing season and the fishermen also make an offering to Lord Varuna. Sisters buy Rakhis in advance and also prepare sweets for their brothers.
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Vermillion and rice form part of the Rakhi pooja thali on the day of Rakshabandhan. Sisters pray for their brother by doing their aarti and applying teeka on their brother’s head. She then ties the sacred thread (the Rakhi) on her brother’s hand. Brothers in turn give their sisters some gift.
Indian sweets like Kaju Katli, barfis, laddoos, sandesh, ghevars, kheer etc are prepared and handmade gifts exchanged on that day as well. A lovely bond of trust and love is established between a brother and a sister on that day. Truly, Raksha Bandhan celebrates this beautiful relationship which is not bound by blood as any woman can tie a rakhi to a man and make him his brother.
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