The bond of a sister and brother is simply unique and is beyond description in words. The relationship between siblings is given importance in every part of the world and is extraordinary. However, especially in India, this relationship becomes all the more important as there is a festival called “Raksha Bandhan” that is dedicated to sibling love. Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. It is a festival of Hindus that celebrates the relationship between sister and brothers, and also families, on the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravana (Shravan Poornima), or around July and August. Even people also called this Brother and Sister Day.
Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
It is a festival which is made up of two words, namely “Raksha” and “Bandhan.” The occasion means “the tie or knot of protection” As per the Sanskrit terminology, where “Raksha” signifies for protection and “Bandhan” the verb to tie. This day symbolizes the eternal love of the sister-brother relationship which does not mean just the blood relationships only. It’s not necessary to celebrate it among brother-sister, even people also celebrate it among the cousins, fraternal aunt, sister-in-law, and nephew and other such relations.
Rakhi is the symbol of the emotions of siblings that are involved with the festival. The emotions of love, care, and affection. This festival is known by different names in different areas and also celebrated in different forms. As per traditions, on this day the sister prepares the Puja Thali with a rakhi, Diya, Roli, Rice, and sweets. She ties Rakhi to her brother and worships the Gods for his well-being. In return, the brother gives a promise to protect her and also gives her a gift. Traditionally, then they eat sweets like burfi, Kaju Katli, Jalebi, and many more delicious sweets. This special day strengthens the bond of love between the brother and sisters.
On this special occasion, the bond of affection existing between sister and brothers is reaffirmed. It is a Hindu festival but nowadays people from different faiths also celebrate it. Rakhi is a sacred thread or a colorful special band that a sister ties on their brothers’ wrist as a mark of sisterly love, affection, and sublime sentiments. This rakhi is available in many designs in the market. It is not only a festival of siblings, even family and friends also celebrate this festival with each other.
It is also an important day for the priests, as they tie rakhis on their patrons’ wrist and in return receive offerings from them. In parts of our country, it is customary to make art on the walls of their home and worship them with offerings of sweets and vermilion. The imprints of palms are also put on either side of the entrance and rakhis are stuck on them as part of Raksha Bandhan rituals. In some parts of India also reserve Rakshaa Bandhan day for the sacred ceremony of thread changing when the young brahmin boys discard the old one and don a new one ritualistically. However, on Raksha Bandhan, it is the emotions that are important.