Hello guys… Raksha Bandhan is the most awaited festival of the year for each and every girl. It is an occasion to celebrate the sacred and unconditional relation between a brother and a sister. Here, we are discussing about the Traditions and Customs of Rakhi. So exiting!!!!!! Let’s begin
Raksha Bandhan is also called Rakhi Purnima or Rakhi. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a Rakhi on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sisters love and prayers for her brothers well-bring and the brothers lifelong vow to protect her. The festival falls on the full moon day of the shravana month of the Hindu lunisolar Nepali calendar.
Traditions and Customs
Raksha Bandhan festival is the sister ties Rakhi on the wrist of her brother and both cementing their fraternal relationship. The sister ties a delicate sometimes decorated thread on the wrist of their brother’s as a symbol of love and affection. In returns, the brothers ritually pledge to protect and careful of his sister under all circumstances. It is one of the several festivals in which family ties are affirmed in India.
On the day starts with a Raksha Bandhan festival mood in every Indian home. Sister are made or bought a Rakhi day before in the festival. That day, an early bath, the offering worshipping of god tales places. Traditional goodies and dishes are prepared well of early in the morning.
After that, sisters tie the Rakhi on the right wrist of her brother and both to make prayer to god for all blessing of each other. The chanting of a holy mantra by the sister while trying the thread says,
“Suraj Shakhan Chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne Rakhi bandhi/ Bhai tu chir jug jee”.
“The sun radiates it’s a sunlight, the radish spreads its seeds,
I tie the Rakhi to you O brother and wish that may you lifelong”.
Sister performs Aarti and put Tilak on the forehead of her brother blesses the sister.
After her prayer for a long time period for her brother, she says that she is tie the ever-protective Raksha to her brothers wrist and chanting the Raksha Bandhan love song
“Yena Baddho Bhalee Raajaa Daanavendro Mahaabalah,
Tena Twaam Anubadhnaami Rakshe Maa Chala Maa Chala”.
“I tie the Rakhi that was tied to king Bali, the king of Demons,
O Rakhi I pray that you never falter in protecting your devotee”.
The brother gives his sisters gifts such as Raksha Bandhan cards, clothes, money or something thoughtful. The brothers may also feed his sister, with his hands, one or more bites of sweets, dry fruits and other delicacies. They hug and the larger families ritually congratulate the festive celebration of brother-sister love and protection.
After that, the traditional of giving gifts and presents is also important part of the festival. Brother pampers and blesses the sisters and promise to protect her from all the evils of this world. He also presents a token of his love and affection as a Rakhi gift. The rituals performed on Raksha Bandhan may differ from place to place but they carry the same aura throughout the globe.
The brothers wear the Rakhi for the entire day, at school or work, as a reminder of their sisters and to mark the festival of Raksha Bandhan.