Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival that is celebrated by Hindus from all over the world. The festival is the celebration of the bond shared by a brother and sister. The word “Raksha” means protection and “Bandhan” means binding. The festival is also called as “Rakhi” in north India.
During the festival, women tie a Raksha on their brother’s wrist, which would protect him from bad influences and to strength the bond between the siblings.
Read on to know more about how Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in most Indian families.
- The most important thing in this festival is the “Rakhi” or the thread the girl ties on her brother’s wrist. Girls used to make one in earlier days, Rakhis can easily be purchased at a local store or online as well.
- She then visits her brother’s house and performs a pooja by applying kumkum with rice grains on his forehead.
- They exchange sweets and brothers often give a gift to their sister and also vow to protect them.
- Raksha Bandhan also has another importance which is related to “Baleva”. People from many states conduct special pooja to Lord Narayan on this day.
- In some states, Raksha Bandhan is also celebrated by the priests where they tie the Rakhis on the wrists of their patrons and receive offerings from them in return.
- In some rural areas of the country, people draw figures on the wall of their houses and worship the figures. They also offer kheer and vermilion. They also imprint the palms on both sides of the wall and stick the rakhis as a part of a ritual.
- In some parts of the country, young Brahmin boys take part in the sacred thread changing ceremony.
Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the everlasting love between a brother and sister and this is one important festival that is never missed by any Hindu.