Every festival in India is a celebration of love and happiness, an occasion that brings families and friends together. Rakshabandhan is one of those occasions. It celebrates the pure relationship between a sister and a brother. It is celebrated with a lot of excitement, all over the country. There are no cultural or geographical bounds when it comes to celebrating Rakshabandhan. And in India, no festival is complete without lots of delicious food and sweets to gorge on!
Every brother and sister share a bitter-sweet, playful relationship. Along with tying a rakhi on this day, siblings also give each other special gifts to express their love for each other. The fights and nagging go on every day but this day is the day of showing your brothers and sisters how much you care for them and love them!
Rakshabandhan is celebrated in the month of Shravan as per the Hindu calendar, on the full moon day. Nowadays, the festival isn’t limited to just blood relatives or brothers and sisters. Siblings, friends and anybody can tie a rakhi to anyone, as a promise of their undying love and protection for each other. A festival like this is just an excuse for a celebration, after all! Sisters go to markets and hunt for exquisite rakhis for their brothers. They also look for gifts and sweets to celebrate the day with their family.
There are many stories and legends associated with Rakshabandhan, dating back to the time of Lord Krishna. It is said that once Lord Krishna cut his finger while flying a kite. To stop the bleeding, Draupadi tore off a piece from her saree and tied it on Lord Krishna’s finger. Touched by this sweet gesture, Lord Krishna swore to protect Draupadi always. When she was being shamed by the Kauravas, Lord Krishna came to her rescue! Another legend is when Rani Karnavati sent a rakhi to Humayun, asking for protection against Bahadur Shah who had attacked her kingdom.
The celebration of Rakshabandhan only strengthens the bond that a brother and sister share. It is a sweet tradition where a sister ties a rakhi to her brother’s wrist and prays for his long life and prosperity and in return, her brother vows to protect his sister in every way. The sister also puts a tikka on her brother’s forehead and feeds him something sweet. The brother then gives her a gift to make her feel special and loved. There are no rules when it comes to celebrating Rakshabandhan. Nowadays, sisters also give their brothers lots of gifts, chocolates and sweets on this auspicious day. If you live far from home, and cannot be at home with your brother on Rakshabandhan, don’t worry. You have the option of online rakhi delivery! Just pick a beautiful rakhi and enter the address you want to send it to, and surprise your brother! You can also order gifts online and get them delivered. Your brother would love this gesture.
Nowadays, sisters tie rakhis to their sister-in-law as well. If your brother is married, you can get these special bhaiya bhabhi rakhi that are available in the market and online for your brother and sister-in-law!
You can surprise your sister or brother by making their favourite dessert, or you could treat them to a spa day or take them out for dinner – the ideas are plenty! You don’t have to go out of your way, just a small, sweet gesture for your sibling will show them how much you mean to them. So celebrate Rakshabandhan, and dedicate this day to your brother or sister!