Happy Raksha Bandhan
The most sacred festival dedicated to brothers and sisters will soon be there to celebrate. Perhaps, you might have even planned for that day till now. If not, then the time has come up for the girls to look for the trendiest Rakhi for tying on the wrist of their brothers. For the boys, it’s the time to find the most appealing and valuable gift for their sisters. Perhaps, something that could make the Raksha Bandhan of this year, the most special Raksha Bandhan of all time.
Well, it is the day that signifies the relationship of brothers and sisters. The piece of silk thread called Rakhi is not just another thread but a lot more than that. As a matter of fact, it carries lots of values, traditions, and the infinite brotherly love. A sister expresses her love by performing Aarti and other rituals and tying Rakhi on the wrist of her brother and feeding him sweets. While a brother expresses her love by gifting her some goodies and money and pledging to protect her at any circumstance. These days, it ends with a selfie and posting pictures on social media. Well, jokes apart but there is no other festival around the world that denotes the importance of brother-sister relation at this extent.
The Indian tradition considers the delicate Rakhi knot to be stronger than the iron chain. It is because it firmly locks brother and sister in a circle of mutual trust and love. But do you know that this festival also has been celebrated between a Hindu queen and a Muslim King in the past? Yes, you read it right. It was between Mughal Emperor Humayun and Hindu Queen Rani Karmavati. Even if you know this, then also there are so many things that you might not be knowing about.
Therefore, we have come up with this article, which is completely dedicated to this amazing festival. You will come to know a lot of interesting facts and stories about it. It may change the way you think about this festival and will create more space in your heart for this festival. No matter, you are celebrating it every year or you are just curious to know about it, but you will find it helpful. So, let’s get it started.
The meaning of Raksha Bandhan Or What is Raksha Bandhan?
The word Raksha Bandha is a Sanskrit word that actually means “the protection knot”. The word Raksha means protection while the word Bandhan means a tie or obligation. The word Rakhi evolved from the name of this festival.
When is it celebrated?
Unlike many festivals, there is no fixed date for Raksha Bandhan according to the commonly used calendar known as Gregorian Calendar. This Hindu festival is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar. Every year, it generally falls in the Sravana month. However, this specific month usually falls around the August month. Thus, every year, you observe this festival in the month of August.
What is a Rakhi?
Traditionally, silk thread that may include different decoration and charms has got importance as a Rakhi. However, different variations evolved in Rakhi with the course of time and they all were accepted as Rakhi. Today, it has transformed into a fancy men accessory that may include a watch, or look like bracelet or jewelry. Most of the girls buy Rakhi but there are some who prefer making their own.
Basic information about Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival in Hinduism. It includes ritual celebration or commemorates the duty and love among sisters and their brothers. The main part is the Rakhi ceremony that includes the girl to perform Aarti of their brothers, followed by tying a knot on the wrist of brothers and feeding them sweets. The guy has to repay this ceremony with a gift. Therefore, he gifts her sister according to his budget. Besides, he also takes a pledge to provide protection to her sister. It is also celebrated between cousins and relatives. Interestingly, it also takes place between people who are not biological siblings or relatives but consider each other as brother and sisters. In fact, it has become a way to add new people to one’s life with whom one feels a brotherly or sisterly affection.
How is it celebrated?
There are different rituals associated with this festival. In fact, it varies from region to region. Although, the usual and early celebration one will notice everywhere is the shopping of Rakhi or the fancy silk thread by women. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, it is unlikely to see anyone with bare wrists. It is a public holiday, but most of the government organization, schools, and colleges are closed on this day.
The Arrangement for Raksha Bandhan
From big shopping malls to small roadside shops gets stocked with Rakhi of different varieties Days or even Weeks before this festival. It is a common view to see girls shopping for Rakhi there. The brother also shops special gifts for his sister. It can be a simple greeting and can be even a luxurious car depending on the budget.
Celebration on the day of Raksha Bandhan
On this day, both brothers and sisters don’t eat before the rituals. After the sister ties Rakhi to the brother, she prays for his prosperity, health, and happiness. Afterward, she performs a ritual called Aarti. In this ritual, she rotates a tray containing a fire lamp around the face of the brother. She enchants hymns for his good wishes. Afterward, she feeds her brother sweets with her hands. The brother feeds her sweet as well. Finally, they hug each other and the brother hand over the gift to her. Usually, the brother wears the Rakhi at least for the entire day. Some brothers wear it even till next Raksha Bandhan. It works as a sweet memory of this festival and reminds them of their sisters if they are far away from them.
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Making Rakhi has never been simpler before
Rakhi is the thread that ties two souls with same feelings. It shows the love and gratitude of a sister towards her brother. It is a symbol of trust, respect, and love. To make a unique Rakhi for your lovely brother, you will need a red and yellow wool. You can take any two colors of threads. Here we have chosen red and yellow because they go well with each other.
It is evident that beads and scissors are there. If you have ever got a chance to make pompoms, then making Rakhi would be easier as the steps of these two are very similar. You just need to twist red wool around your fingers for 20 rounds. After that slowly put out and securely tie it at the center. With the help of scissors, cut the ends of the bow, spread the same and press to form a flower-like shape. Now, tie a wooden bead at the core and another strand behind to make the Rakhi.
Rakhi Gift Traditions
In this era of civilization and industrialization, the physical distance between a brother and a sister has increased. They hardly meet at family and festive occasions. Hence, the festivals like Rakshabandhan becomes even more special for the brother and sister because it gets them closer to each other.
Rakhi is the festival of gifts, sweets and pleasant memories that would last a lifetime. Every year sibling brainstorm about what they should gift. From chocolate to the dress, boys have a broad range of options to gift their sisters. What they should offer or give to their counterpart has been the most raised question from the siblings. Gone are the days when the brother and sister give a token of money and give blessings. Today, brother sister relation has reached to the new level. Sweets are the obvious eatable that families have on the day of Rakshabandhan.
Attractive gift ideas you can choose from
Girls can give shirt or t-shirt to their brothers. If your brother is doing the job, you can also go with a decent tie. Also, a classic watch is a good idea if you have some more bucks in spare. Boys on the other hand, have a wide range of options. They can give chocolates, tops, kurtas, dresses, coffee mugs, doll (if your sister is a kid).
If you have some more bucks to spend you can also buy a decent smartphone for your sister. If you sister is a bibliophile, then you can give her the best-selling novel. Go to any nearest book-store or an e-commerce to check out the bestselling books. You can also choose to give a reference book if your sister is studious. (This is applicable vice versa). If your sister has a unique hobby say, painting or the photography then you can also gift her set of acrylic paints or a couple of canvases that she would draw her masterpiece on.
Relation is built two ways (return gifts)
Well, Rakshabandhan is the perfect festival to strengthen the bonds between the siblings. It is the way of celebrating the moments, clicking pictures, take some calories in forms of sweets, take blessings from your elders and have a light and cheerful day. It is the purest and most ancient festival of India. Through Rakhi, two souls share a bond, a feeling and trust. Sisters convey their love and care by tying Rakhi and brothers fulfill the wishes of their sisters.
Raja Bali received a Rakhi from Goddess Lakshmi. In return, King Bali fulfill her dreams by the return to her the kingdom with Narayana. When Alexandra and Porus had a war, Porus won against Alexandra. At that time, Alexandra’s wife tied a rakhi to Porus wishing to spare her husband’s life and Porus did free Alexandra then. Also, Humayun helped Rani Karmawati as a symbolic gesture which Rani Karmwati tied Rakhi to Humayun. Here, we can observe that the return gifts offered by these warriors are symbols of acceptance of sisterly love.
Usually, it has been seen that women go to their parents’ or their brothers’ place after the marriage. Then, she must be offered with lots of gifts and sweets as the mark of love and care. The Rakshabandhan’s return gift has attained the new level of brother’s pledge and love.
Festival of yummy dishes
Certainly, in such festivals like Rakhi, the food becomes the most important aspect. Women of the house make the delicious meals and sometimes look for Rakhi recipes for the day. Well, for the occasion you have the wide range of recipes to choose from. If your brother has a sweet tooth, you can make dishes like Rasgulla, Mava Malai or Gulab Jamun. If he has a spicy tooth, you can go with Samosas, Kachoris, etc.
Whatever you choose to make but a sweet dish is most expected in the festivals like Rakhi. A tip here is, consider which delicious dish is liked by the guest you are hosting. Also, if you are thinking of preparing a traditional sweet dish, you should be better start preparing for the dish before a couple of days of the Rakhi.
You can go with Halwa of Carrot, Sooji, Mango, Beetroot, etc. Also, you can try traditional mithai like Badam Katli, Besan Burfi, Coconut Khoya Gulkand Ladoo, Dry Fruits Barfi, Dalia Ladoo, Sooji Ladoo, etc. If you guests love sweet dishes of Milk, then you should go with Poha Kheer, Carrot Kheer, Dates Kheer, Seviyan, etc. Also keep in mind that these sweet dishes are very heavy in digestion and very calories-rich. If you have a digestion problem then do make sure to use lesser dry-fruits. Also, if you have diabetic patients in your family, then make these dishes sugar free ingredients.
Famous Brother and Sister
In India’s glorious history and mythology, there are many famous brother and sister pair that have taken the relation beyond. Yama and Yamuna are from Hindu mythology. It is believed that Yama and Yamuna have started the tradition of Rakhi. The Yamuna, also known as Yami tied Rakhi to her brother Yamaraj and made him immortal. Yamraj, pleased with the affection of Yami said that he who ties Rakhi from his sister would have a long life span. Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvati area also very famous brother-sister duo. When Shiva refused to marry Parvati, she took severe austerities to purify herself. At that time, Lord Vishnu told her to tie Rakhi and make him brother so that he will remove all the obstacles from her.
Indian Film industry also has some talented and brilliant brother-sister pair who are famous. Soha Ali Khan and Saif Ali Khan are siblings of the Royal family of Hyderabad. They are also film artists and have got a good career in Bollywood.
Rakhi Thali Decoration
Rakhi’s Thali is a very imperative thing, and people invest their time and resources to decorate it. To do this, bring out the artist inside you and paint your thali with your favorite color. We suggest that you paint it with either yellow or red color.
You can also use oil paint with the help of cone and design the steel thali with a design. You can refer the internet and other resources to get more ideas about designs and patterns. Once you decorate the thali, take a few mirror cuttings, beautiful things like stars and paste it on the Thali. You can also use Kundan, Stones or Zardoshi to enhance the decorations of your Thali. The important thing to note here is that your creativity means everything here. The way you use your color combinations, props depends on the most.
To get the design ideas properly, you can also visit the nearest store where you get to see attractive thalis. Do a window-shopping from there, and you get chunks of ideas instantly.
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Rakhi Muhurat 2018
Rakhi is a traditional festival and people around the world celebrate it with pure joy and happiness. The festival has a unique time duration to be followed on the day. They have a special muhurta and auspicious time to tie the Rakhi. Pundits believe that the particular time should be followed to have good results from the festival. Rakhi is celebrated in Shravana month during the full moon day also known as Purnima.
Rakshabandhan 2018 falls on Monday of the August 26th of 2018. The thread ceremony time is from 05:59 in the morning to 17:25 in the evening. It has the duration of 11 hours and 15 minutes.
The Purnima tithi begins at 22:28 on 26th August 2018 and the end time of the tithi is 26th August 2018.
Raksha Bandhan 2018
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time – 05:59 to 17:25
Aparahan Muhurat – 13:39 to 16:12
Purnima Tithi Begins – 15:16 (25th August)
Purnima Tithi Ends- 17:25 (26th August)
Bhadra got over before sunrise
A unique way to decorate the thali is to take bamboo plate, then stick a cloth on the plate and place small stars as per your choice. Now, to give it more traditional look and maintain the trendy tone, you can use earthen pitchers at the boundary of the plate. Decorate the pitchers with paint while you use of pearl chains. Now, you can place rice, roll, tikka and sweet in these pitchers.
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