Raksha Bandhan means “Bond of protection”. It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu Luni-solar calendar month of Shravana. Probably falls in the Gregorian calendar month of August. Also, it is popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister type of relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related. On Rakhi, a sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness. This symbolizes the sister’s love. While the brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her.
First of all, the sister says a prayer for the well being of her brother prosperity and happiness. Therefore, the brother gives his sister(s) gifts such as cards, clothes, money or something thoughtful. Another name of Raksha Bandhan is Rakhi. Consequently, Sikh Khalsa armies introduced the term Rakhi as a promise of protection to farmers from Muslim armies such as those of the Mughals and Afghans, in exchange for sharing a small cut of their produce.
In the state of West Bengal and Odisha, this day is also called Jhulan Purnima. Days or weeks before Raksha Bandhan, women shop for rakhi. Not a single festival in India is complete without the typical Indian festivities, the gatherings, celebrations, exchange of sweets and gifts, lots of noise, singing and dancing. And for everyone, it’s an occasion to celebrate and enjoy.
Nowadays, people started representing self-made rakhis to express love. Moreover, the festival is a platform for asking gifts and sharing tasty dishes.
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