20 August 2013

Festivals of India–Raksha Bandhan



Greetings on Raksha Bandhan …

India comprises of different religions and cultures but Hinduism is the religion full of joy and happiness. It has a broad range of festivals   but Raksha Bandhan is a festival which captures the true spirit of the relationship between brother and sister. Raksha means to “protect” and bandhan stands for “bond” hence it is known as the protection bond.  It strengthens the family relations and creates happy social interaction, it is the day of honour, dignity and respect for women.


Raksha Bandhan, popularly known as rakhi  is an ancient Vedic festival which is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the month of Shravan (August). On this festival, as a ritual, a sister ties a colourful rakhi, a sacred thread that symbolizes love between siblings, around her brother's wrist.  Moreover, as a part of tradition, a brother presents his sister varied exciting gifts and vows to guide and protect her throughout the life. Gifts play a prominent role and symbolizes tokens of love and affection. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of  Sravana which falls in the month of August.


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