Raksha Bandhan 2016 Special: Importance & Significance of Celebrating bond of Affection Between Brothers and Sisters – Movie Mint

Raksha Bandhan 2016 Special: Importance & Significance of Celebrating bond of Affection Between Brothers and Sisters

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Raksha Bandhan 2016 Special: Importance & Significance of Celebrating bond of Affection Between Brothers and Sisters


Raksha Bandhan  is also called Rakhi Purnima or simply Rakhi or “Rakhri”, in many parts of India. The same festival is celebrated as Janai Purnima  in Nepal.

The festival is a Hindu festival and is also a secular festival which celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. The festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated.

The festival is also observed by Jains as a religious festival, as on Raksha Bandhan, Jain priests give threads to devotees.

The festival is also celebrated by many communities as a secular festival. This secular aspect is observed among all people, irrespective of their religion, in West Bengal and Punjab. Various fairs are held in Punjab to mark the occasion.

On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar Nepali calendar.

Raksha Bandhan is primarily observed in northern and western India, Mauritius and major parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus in parts of Pakistan, and by some non-resident Indians and non-resident Nepalis around the world.

Rakshabandhan is one of the most awaited festival for all brothers and sisters across the globe. The Raksha Bandhan day is a thread of love between a brother and sister which is as the most sacred bond in the mankind. This festival symbolizes that strong must protect the weaker person from all odds. RakshaBandhan festival falls on the full moon day in the Shravan month. This festival is celebrated on Shravan Pournima.

The term Rakshabandhan means Raksha and Bandhan, which mean protection and tying the thread of love. This festival is well known for manifesting a strong bond between brothers and sisters.It is regarded as a special day in their life, but why can’t it be celebrated every day, every single moment? Do we really require a particular day to show the amount of love, care, bond, sharing between the siblings?

The answer is “NO”. But the things were much simpler during childhood days, where Raksha Bandhan was just a bank holiday, no school, playing lot of games was the main motto. Brothers understand everything especially the unspoken words of his sister.  The sister always prays for his well-being, health and prosperity. It can be best described as thread which binds the souls with a bond of love and joy forever. Let us take a look at this festival and its importance that has increased manifold.

173296093Raksha Bandhan might be about celebrating the bond brother and sisters share, but in the current times, it’s also about the possibility of a potential holiday, hanging out with the family, and most importantly, the gifts. The barter of a plain band for funds does seem like a bit of a raw deal—after all, shouldn’t your brother also be at the receiving end of something equally treasurable? This Raksha Bandhan, up your game and get your hands on some of the coolest rakhis. From fine jewellery to studded bracelets and even personalised ones, we have rounded up the best rakhis for your favourite brother.

On the special day of Raksha Bandhan a sister visits her brother’s home and performs the Raksha Bandhan puja and applies kumkum and rice grains on his forehead. The brother further gives her a gift and promises to protect her from all evil things. The rakhi symbolises purity of a relationship between a sister and brother.

But now the scenario has completely changed and has become much tough and complex. Now every sister tries and finds the best rakhi for her brother and even the brother scratches his head and tries to figure out the most unusual gift for her cute princess. Celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan is sharing of bond, love adoration between brother and sister.

Let this Raksha Bandhan be unusual for your sister, try and give her the most precious and unusual gift on this special day. Do let us know what you feel about this special festival and why it is important to you? Happy Rakshabandhan to all out there!

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