Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival which is used for celebrating the love & affection between brothers and sisters. It is a festival that celebrates the relationship amongst brothers and sisters and on this day siblings pray for each others, health, happiness and goodwill.
Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important festivals observed in India. The ritual of rakhi is celebrated each year in the month of August which is the month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar. In 2018, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 26th of August i.e. Sunday.
Before the day of Raksha Bandhan festival, sisters start looking rakhis for their brother from the market that is specially decorated for the occasion. Sisters try to find special rakhi in the form of colorful threads, silver rakhis, bracelets, amulets and other men's wrist accessories.
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, brothers and sisters put up new purchased clothes and observe the festival in the presence of their parents, elders and grandparents. The ritual of rakhi involves lighting a diya or earthen lamp which represents the fire deity and performing of aarti by the sisters.
Sisters perform prayers for the well-being of their brother and apply a "tilak" on the forehead of their brothers. Along with this, a portion of sweet or dry fruits is given to brother and finally the rakhi is tied around the wrist of brother.
It is now the turn of brother to offer special rakhi return gifts to his sister after the rakhi is tied around his wrist. The gift could be in any form like money, a gift from an offline or online gifting store, a dress, a piece of jewellery items or any other such presents.
Raksha Bandhan is for every type of protection and demolisher of all evils. In modern time, this festival has become very essential part of the Indian culture. It brings together the family with the bond of love. The values, sentiments and emotions attached to the rituals of this festival, is spreading the lesson to live with harmony and peace.
On this day, let us pledge and commit ourselves to dedicate our actions to our goal of self-betterment, harboring finer emotions and developing the clarity to see the permanence in and through the transience of the world.