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Raksha Bandhan 2019

By: Future Point | 18-Jul-2019
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Raksha Bandhan 2019

The bond between a brother and sister is beyond words and simply unique. The sweet and sour relations between them is extraordinary and this bond is cherished in every part of the world. In India, the relationship becomes much more important and there is a special festival to celebrate the bond between both siblings “Raksha Bandhan”. The translation of Raksha Bandhan is “Protection Bond” which basically means protection of a bond. On this auspicious day, sisters tie “Rakhi” around the wrist of the brothers against which the brothers take an oath to protect their sisters during the all the times, either good or bad. He vows to stand with his sister through the thick and thin and the thread around the wrist of the brother is a symbol of attachment, and is meant to strengthen the bond of love between them.

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Raksha Bandhan 2019 Date is the 15th of August.

The rakhi thread is considered sacred because it reminds the brother of the promise that he has to protect his sister until the last breath. On the occasion, sisters pray for the good health and well being of their brothers. This festival celebrates the bond between the two and is considered as one of the most important festivals in India.

According to the Hindu calendars, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon of the Shravana month and is also known as Shravana Purnima. Shravana is a holy month and is really auspicious to celebrate festivals like Rakhi. Being a festival of the rainy season it rejoices the bond between a brother and a sister and all those who care for each other. It holds great importance in the life of all the siblings as siblings get more close to each other because of this. Apart from getting his wrist tied, a brother offers gifts to her sister. No matter what the gift is, it is always cherished by the sisters.

Importance of Raksha Bandhan

The importance or significance of Raksha Bandhan festival can be judged from the fact that it strengthens the bond between a brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan has been celebrated from ancient times and there are various mythological stories related to the festival. They revolve around the custom and Indian history is full of stories when brothers stepped up to protect their sisters. It is said that in ancient times, the queens did send their Rakhis to neighbors symbolizing brotherhood.


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How to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan

The festival is celebrated in different ways in different areas and is known by different names all around the country. The preparation of this day begins way before the festival arrives. Choosing and buying of Rakhi is the task which is performed with enormous joy by all the sisters. We mostly see the sisters overwhelmed with joy on and around this auspicious occasion. Every member of the family wakes up early for the rituals that begin in the morning and a special thali is prepared for the Pooja ceremony. It is decorated with roli, rice grains, Diya, sweets, and rakhi. The sister generally applies tilak to the forehead of their brothers and do aarti with the special Pooja thali, prepared by them. Then a sacred thread which is also known as Rakhi is tied to the wrist of the brother against which he vows to protect her sister and gifts her something. This festival also makes the sibling realizes the importance of growing up together. Traditionally, then they share and eat sweets like Kaju Katli, Jalebi, and barfi. It strengthens the bond between the siblings and the love between them is increased.

Stories Behind Raksha Bandhan

The prosperous Indian mythology provides many religious reasons to celebrate the day. The festival is mentioned in most of the Indian epics and its origin can be traced back to the mythological times.There are several tales behind the origin of Raksha Bandhan and here are some of them:

  • One of the most popular stories behind Raksha Bandhan is linked to the Mughal period when it was a tough period between the Rajputs and Mughals. The folk goes like when the Widowed empress of Chittor, Karnavati, saw her state in crisis, she sent a Rakhi to Mughal emperor Humayun and asked for help against the attack of Bahadur Shah Zafar. With due respect to the thread that was sent by the Karnavati, Humayun sent his army to fight for her state.
  • It is believed that Draupadi once tore a strip of her saree and tied that to Krishna when he was bleeding on the battlefield, then he declared her as his sister. He later protected her when she was being abused by the Kauravas in front of the Pandavas, who lost her in a gambling bet.
  • The auspicious day is also linked to the birth of Goddess Santoshi, and it is believed that Raksha Bandhan is the day when she was born.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is observed as a symbol of duty between the brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan 2019 is meant to celebrate any type of brother and sister relationship between men and women. Along with tying the Rakhi, the sister prays for the prosperity, well being, and health of her brother. The festival is also celebrated between the brother-sister of distant relation like relatives or cousins. The people who don’t have a sister or brother usually tie Rakhi to their cousins and flourish the bond between them.

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