Raksha Bandhan, one of the main Hindu festivals, is celebrated to strengthen the brother-sister bond. On this day, the sisters tie a sacred thread, rakhi on their brothers’ wrist wishing good health and long life for them. The bothers, on the other hand, bless their sisters and pledge to take care of them all through their lives.
The tradition of “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated since the pre-historical time period according to scriptures. Several stories are written in Hindu scriptures like Bhagwat Puran, Bhavishya Puran and Vishnu Puran about this festival of “Raksha Bandhan” which proves that this ritual has been celebrated since ancient time. Raksha Bandhan is viewed as the secular festival which is celebrated in all communities with different rituals. Different parts of India celebrate the Raksha Bandhan in different ways (like in Maharashtra it is called Narali Purnima, in Uttarakhand, it is called Janopunyu and in Punjab, several fairs held on this day, etc).
This festival brings all family members together under one roof and binds them in close relation and also fills up love, affection, and care among brothers and sisters towards each other. This famous multicultural festival is celebrated all over the world where Non-resident Indians are residing.
Raksha Bandhan is a time for the ladies to pamper themselves. They also receive a lot of love and pampering from their brothers. Since it is time for family gatherings the ladies especially want to look their best. Ethnic clothing is preferred by most as it adds to the fervour of the Hindu festivals. The markets are filled with beautiful Kurtis, suits and other ethnic wear. Women are seen hopping from shop to shop to buy a piece that matches their taste. They also go on to purchase matching accessories and footwear.
On the day of the festival, girls take a good amount of time dressing up. Besides the dress and accessories, they also go for special hair-dos to look different on this day. Their brothers also pamper them by showering their love and blessings and also by giving gifts.
Raksha Bandhan holds a special significance for brothers and sisters. It is not just celebrated by the common man but was also celebrated by the Gods and Goddesses to rejoice the pious bond between brothers and sisters.