The festival of eternal love and affection, Raksha Bandhan, will soon be knocking on our doors and brothers and sisters of India and those with Indian origin around the world are very much excited about it. On this day, sisters tie on the hands of their brothers, Rakhi which basically is a thread designed with glittery beads and design elements of mesmerizing elegance.
Originated from Sanskrit, Raksha Bandha literally means “Knot of Protection”. Rakhi symbolizes sister’s feelings of love and care towards her brother and brother’s vow of protecting her sister. Not only it is limited to biologically related brothers and sisters but also the same feelings and pledges are shared between cousins and distant family members. It is not only a festival but a representative of our tradition which has till today kept us glued to our families and rituals.
Preparation for Raksha Bandhan starts almost weeks before. Some sisters shop Rakhi for their brothers while some make them by their own hand. Brothers too shop for a gift for their sisters which they present to them after they tie the Rakhi on their hands. The gift symbolizes a small token of love from their side. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie Rakhi, do the tilak on their brothers’ foreheads, feed them a piece of sweet and finally brothers present the gift to their sisters.
Be it adorable fights between them, putting a veil on each other’s secrets or messing with the entire world for brother and sister. The occasion of Raksha Bandhan always recalls the euphoric moments shared between brothers and sisters in past.
What started 6000 years back when Aryans created first civilization is still celebrated with the same joy and excitement between brothers and sisters. After all, a gift to the heart and friend to the spirit is always kept tied with a golden thread.
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