The brother-sister love is one of the purest forms of love. Siblings’ relationship is a sweet bond where love, care, friendship, protection, and responsibility are all mixed together. That is the reason why this kind of relationship is respected and celebrated all around the world. And because incredible India is a whole world on its own, celebrating brother-sister love is given a special kind of appreciation.
Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival of celebrating brother-sister love. The influence of this festival did not stop just in India but it is celebrated in Nepal, Pakistan, Mauritius, and among the Hindu communities all around the world. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana which typically falls in August.
The Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
As per the Sanskrit terminology, Raksha Bandhan means the tie of protection, obligation, or care.
Sisters tie a talisman, or amulet, called the rakhi around their brothers’ wrists wishing him health and prosperity. In return, brothers offer gifts to their sisters and promise them that they will always be there to protect and care for them.
The gifts brothers offer varies from jewelry, chocolate, various gifts for women, and special Raksha Bandhan gifts and sometimes the celebration goes on with a cake and decorations all over the place.
Married women head back to their parents’ home this day to perform the rituals. Sometimes, brothers pick their sisters up from their husband houses as a sign that a brother is responsible for his sister even after marriage.
The festival is not only celebrated among biological brothers and sisters. Cousins, distant relatives, and family members celebrate together as well.
It’s your turn!
Don’t you think a special day honoring the brother-sister love is sweet? Whether you’re influenced with the Hindu culture or not, we encourage you to take a turn and celebrate your siblings this special day. Surprise your brother or sister and shower them with love and gifts to celebrate your love for each other.
Happy Raksha Bandhan sweet brothers and sisters!