Raksha Bandhan: Celebrating the bond that binds
August 25, 2018
It is said that if you are having a sibling, then you are the most blessed person on this earth. And the saying couldn’t be truer when it comes to a bond shared between a brother and the sister. It is nothing less than a divine bond that makes both stand up for each other’s antics, even though being annoying calls or disruptive cricket match on television. Likewise, no number of burnt paranthas and shirts can diminish his concern every time when she returns home late. Though there is a number of days when you cherish and acknowledge your love for each other, Raksha Bandhan is one special day when you religiously and auspiciously celebrate this bond and togetherness. For every brother, it is more than just giving a gift to her sister and vice versa.
Importance of Raksha Bandhan
As the name says, it is the celebration of the unsaid promise that every brother makes to his dear sister, to stand by her side and to protect her from all bad evils. It is the promise to cherish the good times that they have spent together and to remember all their childhood memories when the world was nothing but just the big playground to weave dreams together. Traditionally a sacred, holy thread is tied around the wrist of the brother to take the promise that no matter what happens, he will always help and protect her against all odds. Duo, who are geographically far from each other, send gifts and Rakhi Jewellery
through the post. Whereas married sisters are continued to get pampered by their darling brothers to celebrate this eternal love.
Binding the world in a bond
This occasion goes way beyond mere tying of Rakhi to brothers, but it has evolved in more pleasant ways by celebrating and creating a sense of responsibility towards your loved ones. Celebrating this day with the utmost happiness, dedication and irrespective of caste, creed or color is like promoting the cultural harmony.
Flavours of Raksha Bandhan Day
No festival is complete without sweets and love of a family. Just like, this festival will leave you swayed by the variety of sweets available in the market. It is the day of the year when you walk down through the lane and witness some Indian savouries like Khoya Burfi, Maal Pua, Kheer and more such delicacies. These dishes are still cooked and prepared at home to mark the occasion.
Pooja Thali and its components
A silver or any other precious metal thali is decorated with lace which includes a heap of Akshat, Kumkum, an unbroken coconut, Diya, and how can we forget the main protagonist of the whole story, a Rakhi. It may be in the form of a thread with a rudraksha inserted in it, or a flower motif. As the festival is being religiously followed since many years, it has taken a toll with designer Rakhis made in silver and other metals. Even, sisters have switched to designer bracelets which is the new fashion statement. Last but not the least, sweets (most preferably be your brother’s favourite).
India's uniqueness lies in celebrating all relations throughout the year. People feel blessed and overwhelmed and lavishly showers gifts on each other. Raksha Bandhan and other Indian festivals are the days to re-live moments of happiness and to promote oneness and harmony among all.