Raksha Bandhan – Rakhi 2017 : India is globally known for its colorful festivals and ever-green tradition. Celebrated with different rituals, family get-together and sweets, Raksha Bandhan is about sentiments, love and enjoyment. This Year, Raksha Bandhan 2017 will be celebrated on 7th August 2017 Like any other festival, rakhi has its unique significance. Rakhi is celebrated to strengthen the bond of love between brothers and sisters. On this festival, A sister ties a thread on the wrist of his brother for his safety and in return a brother promises to protect her sister from all the problems and to take care of her. Since ages, Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated in the same way. All the traditions are followed with the same enthusiasm.
How it is celebrated
Everyone start preparing for this festival much in advance. About a month before the commencement of raksha bandhan, you can see fancy and colorful rakhis in every market.The celebration for Raksha Bandhan starts weeks before as women starts shopping rakhi (the ceremonial thread) to be tied by them on their brother’s wrist. Some women makes their own rakhi by decorating it themselves.
On this day, Brother and sisters gets together in nice dresses in the presence of the whole family like parents and Grand parents. If the brother and sister are geographically separated then the sister sends rakhi through mail or courier it a week before or according to the distance between them. The Ritual begins with the lightening of diya. Then the sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist and performs aarti, praying for his well-being and then sweetens his mouth with chocolates or sweets. Brothers in return promises her sister to protect her and give gifts to her to show his love.
History Behind this Festival
This traditional Hindu festival ‘Raksha Bandhan’ (knot of protection) was came into origin about 6000 years back when Aryans created first civilization – The Indus Valley Civilization. With many languages and cultures, the traditional method to Rakhi festival celebration differs from place to place across India. There are many historical events which are considered as origin of this festival in the Indian History.
The Gods lead by Lord Indra were on the verge of defeat.At this point Lord Indra approached his guru Brihaspati and sought his help. Guru Brihaspati advised him to tie a sacred thread powered by mantras on his wrist on Shravan Purnima. On that day, Indra’s wife Sachi tied the thread on his wrist and Gods won the battle. Since then it become a common custom in India for women to tie a thread on the wrists of soldiers going for war, with the hope that it will protect them and lead them to victory.