What could make great sibling relationships? Why Raksha Bandhan helps create them! If you had visited a little village in India yesterday you would have seen what I mean.
It’s the act of tying Rakhi.
There is no greater blessing in life when you can have a great sibling relationship. These relationships out last marriages, deceased parents, resurface after quarrels or disagreements and outlast many a good friendships.
So can you just imagine a holiday or one special day set aside where biological brothers and sisters celebrate each other? Each is reminded of the unconditional love between them.
It’s a day of festival being celebrated all over India called Raksha Bandhan. This day is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana. This holiday has been celebrated since ancient days.
Well the ladies start early with preparations a day or two ahead to make this day special. They buy Rakhi, Rakhi gifts and Rakhi Pooja Thalis. There are sweets like Jalebi, Burfis, Pakoras and Pancakes galore and so much more to make this day special. There is the exchange of Rakhi cards and amazing gifts.
Sister’s pray (perform “aarti”) and put a tilak on her Bhaiya’s forehead praying for their Bhaiya’s (brother’s) life long protection and tie the Rakhi (holy thread/bond of protection) on her brothers right wrist. In return brothers make promises to care of his sister for lifelong. They basically pray for each other on this day.
You see this thread comes in many colors and designs. Rakhis can be handmade of silk and Rakhis can be expensively designed with gold and silver and made with semi precious stones.
Rakhi stands for the love and bond shared since childhood. This holiday is designed to help to strengthen the bond of love between brothers and sisters.
It‘s also a day of social significance which implies that people should live in harmonious coexistence.
This day is when both brother and sister gift each other with an envelope filled with money or clothes or something wished for. Then they feed each other sweets like jalebi, burfis, pakoras or pancakes.
It’s a wonderful blessed holiday. Why I even can imagine each year tying Rakhi on my brothers wrists and them giving me some money or a special wished for gift. Then we feed each other sweets in an act of love and affection. It’s just so wonderful to see siblings care for each other in that way and such a huge reminder that a chaste bond between siblings and relationship truly matters. It’s another opportunity to tell your sibling that you love them.
Here is a link with loads of fun filled information about this special day here, so check it out: http://www.raksha-bandhan.com/
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