Raksha Bandhan 2013
21 August 2013
Raksha bandhan literally means ‘Bond of Protection’ – Raksha means to protect and Bandhan means bond or the act of binding. It is one of the two Hindu festivals dedicated to the loving relationship of a brother and a sister, other being Bhai Dooj which is celebrated after Deepawali. Raksha bandhan is popularly called Rakhi festival too because all sisters tie ‘rakhi’ on the wrists of their brothers on this day. Rakhi- the sacred thread- can be a simple thread as well as the most expensive bracelet made with precious metals like silver and gold and studded with gems and diamonds. Whatever be the medium to make a rakhi, what is most important is the love of sisters represented through this sacred thread and the commitment of their brothers to protect them for whole of their life.
When is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?
Rakhi Purnima 2013 Date- The festival of rakhi in 2013 will be celebrated on 21 August 2013.
Significance of Rakhi and Raksha Bandhan Festival
Hindus all over the world celebrate Rakhi with great fervour and joy. Nepal and India are the two countries that witness the most elaborate and lively celebration of the festival of rakhi. India has a very rich culture of respecting each and every relationship. Various legends of Rakhi festival highlight the age old respect given to the sentiments involved with this simple act of tying rakhi thread to a brother’s wrist. Raksha bandhan is a representation of the strong bond of love among brothers and sisters. A sister ties the rakhi on her brother’s wrist to show the love and her belief in him. The brother, by promising to stand by his sister in all good and bad times, shows his respect for the faith shown by her sister in him. This is the untold bond of love among a brother and sister which is represented by the sacred thread ‘Rakhi.’
Raksha Bandhan Celebration
On the day of Rakhi festival, brothers and sisters make sincere efforts to be with one another. A sister prepares the Rakhi pooja thali- the plate having various worshipping items like diya or small earthen lamps, roli- a vermilion type powder, chawal or rice, rakhi thread and sweets. In the morning, brothers and sisters get ready after having bath and worship God. Then the sister ties Rakhi on the wrist of her brother or brothers. There are different verses that are spoken in various regions of India while tying Rakhi on brothers’ wrist. Sisters put roli and rice on forehead of brothers and after tying the rakhi, offer them sweets.
Brothers, as a token of love, give gifts to their sisters. Rakhi gifts are not the traditional way of celebrating Raksha Bandhan festival but nowadays, it has become a trend to gift sisters on Rakhi day. Even sisters these days feel happy to present a gift to their brothers. Traditionally, brothers vow to protect their sisters from all evils throughout their lives.
If a brother stays faraway from the place of sister and could not come due to any reason, sisters send rakhi to their brothers through post. For this reason only, one can see a variety of colorful Rakhis in markets as early as one month before the actual date of Raksha Bandhan festival. The rakhi letter written by sister can make any brother emotional on this day of Rakhi. However, attractive raksha bandhan greetings cards are fast replacing these rakhi letters as these rakhi cards come with a rakhi delicately attached inside the card and some very poetic lines printed as rakhi message. Rakhi ecards, online rakhi and raksha bandhan sms wishes too have made ways into the busy lives of today’s brothers and sisters. Whatever be the means of modern day Rakhi celebration, one thing that has not changed is the spirit of this festival of brother and sister which makes their bond even more stronger!
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