If there is a Hindu family responsible for a festival, it is Rakha Bandhan. Otherwise known as Raksha Bandhan 2021, after the bracelet that a sister attaches to her brother’s wrist while celebrating the day, Rakha Bandhan is an ancient tradition. Its purpose is to respect the relationship between brother and sister, which is a sign of the need for a sister to protect her, and to defend her.
The stories behind Rakhi
As is the case with most holidays, stories and legends are associated with the celebration of Raksha Bandhan 2021. These stories emphasize devotion between men and women.
- Lord Indira, defeated in the battle between the gods and the demons, sought the help of Guru Brahaspati. Jupiter instructed him to tie a sacred thread around his wrist. Indira’s wife, Queen Indira, tied the thread, and as a result, the gods were victorious.
- Krishna cut off his finger, then Draupadi tore a bandage from his sari to bandage the wound. In gratitude, Krishna became his protector.
- Satan king Bali invited Vishnu to stay in his palace. Vishnu’s wife made a thread in opposition, which he tied to Bali’s wrist and turned into his brother. When asked what she wanted in return, she asked Bali to cancel her invitation from Vishnu.
The importance of rakhi
In Sanskrit, Raksha Bandhan 2021 means ‘pair of protection’. On this festive day, the sister ties a rocky bracelet made of red and gold silk threads to her brother’s wrist, and prays for his health. The brother responds by vowing to protect her. This spirit is to renew and strengthen the relationship after peace and love. Holy verses of Hindu scriptures were recited during the ceremony.
When is the rickshaw tied?
During Saravana, Raksha Bandhan 2021 is tied to the full moon. This is the fifth month of the Hindu lunar calendar. It extends from the last week of July to the third week of August.
Before the ceremony, before the full moon rises, the sister gathers the various items needed for the ceremony.
- Rakhi threads
- Less powder
- Diya (lamp used in rituals)
- Agarbatis (incense sticks)
The things they collect are called ‘bags’. The family makes offerings to their deities and then when she wears the rakhi, the sister performs the traditional ‘namaz’ and puts a little powder on her forehead.
The message behind Rocky has made it a popular event. Today, not only the participating siblings but also others, friends, members of congregations, political leaders and soldiers use the Rocky as a symbol to bind and defend them.
Exchange of gifts
Once she tied the rock, it was customary for the sister to put a piece of candy in her brother’s mouth. In return, he will present it with a gift, which is often sweet. Nowadays, it’s not just siblings who participate. Many people exchange gifts on Raksha Bandhan 2021.
Join Rakha Bandhan
Rakha Bandhan’s feelings make her happy and interested in sharing. Giving cards, sweets, flowers or small gifts is normal. You can even throw a theme party for Raksha Bandhan 2021. Specialize in traditional Indian music for the occasion and tell your guests to dance the Bin Chen Chili, and dress in traditional Indian attire.
Rakhi bracelets are very easy to make and as simple as red and yellow silk, or a few threads of ribbon. More elaborate, adorned with beads.
Hindu families have friends and relationships all over the world, so it is now customary to send cards to wish them happy bonding. You may have noticed the cards in gift shops and stationers, but people make them or send them online.
Like all festivals, Raksha Bandhan 2021 is celebrated with food that is both delicious and sweet. There are many traditional dishes, and each family has its own favorites. Candy containing nuts and spices can be cooked at home and given as an appreciative gift. You can try the recipes yourself.
No festival is complete without colorful flowers. They are used to decorate the house and send as gifts. Homemade flowers made from bright tissue paper are just as pleasant as fresh ones.
The sentiments expressed by Raksha Bandhan 2021 are to maintain family ties. The primary function of the festival it binds the brothers and sisters. However, there are other factors as well. Hospitality is a strong part of Hindu culture. Guests will see it as a permanent and dignified way to get luxury attention. If you accept the invitation to attend Raksha Bandhan 2021, you will receive a warm welcome as the guest of honor.