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When is Raksha Bandhan- Date, Significance & Celebration



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India is full of diversity and culture. There are people who are from different religions. So there is a lot of festival celebrations.

 

 

Raksha Bandhan – A traditional Hindu festival or ceremony celebrated in India, Nepal, and another subcontinent of India.  . Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with great enthusiasm and unconditional love between brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day known as Poornima in the month of Shravan (also known as Shravan Poornima) or around July and August. This day is also called brother and sister day. Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi Purnima

 

On this special day sisters of all ages tie a sacred thread known as Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers and pray for their long life. In return, She takes a promise to protect her and have gifts in return from their brother.


When is Raksha Bandhan | Raksha Bandhan Date

  • Raksha Bandhan 2019, 15 August, Thursday
  • Raksha Bandhan 2020, 3 August, Monday
  • Raksha Bandhan 2021, 22 August, Sunday


Raksha Bandhan Meaning | About Raksha Bandhan

We can easily understand the meaning of Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindi word. The word Raksha means ‘protection’ and Bandhan means ‘to tie’. So the literal meaning of Raksha Bandhan is 'The Bond of Protection'. On this precious occasion, brothers and sisters promise eternal love for each other.


Why is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated? | About Raksha Bandhan

For every festival there a history or a story behind and this question frequently comes to our mind that why is Raksha Bandhan is celebrated. Well, there are many legends or History of Raksha Bandhan associated with the festival.

 

As per the account of Mahabharata, Lord Krishna was flying kites along with Pandavas. Suddenly his figure was cut from a thread linked with a kite. Draupadi immediately tore a piece of her attire and tied it around the figure to stop bleeding. Lord Krishna touched by this gesture of love and promised lifelong protection to Draupadi. It is believed that when the Kauravas were trying to shame Draupadi by stripping her in public, it was this small piece of cloth Krishna that increased in number and size to keep covering her.

 

Another interesting legend associated with Raksha Bandhan belongs to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Santoshi. It is believed that Lord Ganesha had created Goddess Santoshi out of divine flames as his sons Shubh and Labh had insisted that they want a sister. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated to rejoice in this divine relationship between Shubh, Labh, and Goddess Santoshi.


Raksha Bandhan Preparation

The preparation of the Rakhi celebration starts almost 15 days before and it continues till the date of Raksha Bandhan. The market is full of Rakhi and sweet shops. The shopkeepers decorate their shops with a variety of Rakhis having different ranges with quality and price. Sisters used to purchase Rakhi from the market and keep them for the Rakhi festival.

 

On the day of Raksha Bandhan festival, a different excitement can be seen in every home. We can see a great festivity in all the houses where the entire family tries to get together. Family members flaunt new clothes and women and girls apply henna on the palms. There is a sweets galore and carnival spirit in all the homes. Rakhi songs are played in every home and people love to listen to this day. Sisters decorate a plate with a Beautiful Rakhi, a lamp, Roli, Rice, some flowers, and sweets.


 How is Raksha Bandhan Celebrated?

On the day of the Rakhi festival, there is a suitable time for the Rakhi celebration. At right time, brother and sister sit together. Sister picks the right hand and ties a Rakhi on the wrist. The sisters perform brother’s aarti and apply tilak and rice on the forehead as a blessing and serve a piece of sweet. To make this ceremony more special, sometimes sister used to sing a beautiful Rakhi song in her own voice. In return, the brother promises lifelong protection and gives a gift to the sister.

 

Sometimes, Hindu women travel back to their parent home every year for this special ceremony. Sometimes brother lives with parents home to travel to their sister married home to complete this ceremony and escort her. Sometimes they send Rakhi by courier services if they can’t reach their brother’s home on the day of the Raksha Bandhan festival.

 

Raksha Bandhan festival creates the bond of protection, obligation, or care of their sister. This is the festival celebrated by almost every religion in India, and some parts of the world. In spite of home, it is celebrated in school, college, offices and many others places.


Raksha Bandhan Celebration in Schools and Colleges

Rakhi festival or Raksha Bandhan celebrations take place at various places such as home, schools, colleges, offices, and organizations. It can be easily seen at governing offices and army camps also. As we know Raksha Bandhan is the bond between brothers and sisters.

 

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in school in many ways. Special completion is organized such as poetry writing, poster making, Rakhi ceremony, and sweet distribution.

 

In schools and colleges, it could be easily seen that students in their class have a good bonding with each other. Sometimes they care a lot and protect each other. on the day of Raksha Bandhan celebrates it with excitement and love. Boys consider their female friend as a sister and promise the take care of her in every situation. Sometimes school administration organizes a Rakhi ceremony where students participate in Rakhi celebrations.


Raksha Bandhan Celebration in Offices and Organization.

Sometimes students visit ministers offices and tie a Rakhi in the wrist if ministers and other government officials to remind his duty and responsibilities towards the country. We can easily see our prime minister, precedent, and other ministers participating in Rakhi ceremony in which women from all age group including small children participate with full joy and excitement.


Raksha Bandhan Celebration with Soldiers.

Indian people don’t forget to armed forces on this day and celebrate this festival with armed forces as well. The celebration takes place at army headquarter, their camps, and on the border area. The man in uniform who are out there protecting the interest of the nation and its citizens are facilitated on this day. Women from the nearby area visit there and tie a Rakhi to the army personals.


Digital Celebration of Raksha Bandhan

Now, technology has grown up and we are living in the digital world. Our way of living and lifestyle has been changed. Our festival celebration is also flourished with digital celebration. In this day of the internet, the concept of sending rachis and gifts directly through online stores is also a new trend. Some even opt for virtual Rakhi instead of real ones.


How Raksha Bandhan Gives Employment

Rakhi is prepared by local manufacturers and village women. When the festival comes, they prepare Rakhi with silk thread and wool and yarn. It gives employment to many families.


How Raksha Bandhan Affect the Indian Economy

Indian celebrates festivals frequently in the whole year. It gives power to the Indian economy. Rakhi celebration is one of the festivals which contribute to generating employment and revenue to many families and then country economy.

 

India is known for its diversity, spirituality, culture, and religion. The festival comes frequently and brings happiness to everyone’s life.

 

 

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