Current Affairs Adda Team wishes you all a very Happy Raksha Bandhan!!
In India, festivals are the celebration of affection, brotherhood and majestic emotions. The meaning of Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit is “the tie or knot of protection”. The word Raksha means protection, while Bandhan intends to tie. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Sravana, and typically falls in August every year. This is an occasion to strengthen admiration, responsibility, love and sacred feeling of fraternity. It is a classical Hindu festival that marks the love and trust between brothers and their sisters. The ritual begins with a prayer in front of God, sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers and chant mantras, put roli and rice on his forehead and pray for his well-being. In turn, the brother also wishes her a good life and accepts the love with a commitment to stand by his sister through all the good and bad times. She offers him gifts and blessings. He gives her a return gift that signifies the physical acceptance of her love, remembrance of their togetherness and his promise.
Originally, this festival belongs to north and western region of India but presently the world has started celebrating this festival with the same feelings and spirit. Rakhi is now an integral part of those practices. For everyone, it is an occasion for a gathering and celebration. People prepare delicious meals, amazing sweets and exchange presents. And those who cannot manage to meet each other, send rakhi cards and e-rakhis through the internet, even perform the rituals on video calls. All thanks to advanced technology!! Sisters also prepare handmade rakhis for their brothers as a representation of personal feelings and affection for their brothers. The blithe gathering, the rare family get-together, that erstwhile feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood calls for a huge celebration.