Raksha Bandhan, which literally means “a tie of protection”, is a traditional Hindu festival that is celebrated in August. The festival is dedicated to the love and affection between brothers and sisters. It is also a way to cherish any brother-sister-like caring and protective relationship between men and women, not necessarily relatives.
It is an ancient festival that has many exciting legends linked to it. Thus, for example, the Rajput queens are believed to have sent rakhi threads to neighboring rulers as token of goodwill and brotherhood.
On this day, sisters perform a Rakhi ceremony where they tie a sacred thread (rakhi) on their brothers’ wrists. After that, sisters pray for their brothers’ well-being. Brothers, in return, vow to protect and take care of their sisters throughout life no matter what. At the end of the ceremony, brothers and sisters feed each other sweets or dry fruits, exchange small gifts and hugs. As a sign of dedication and affection, brothers wear rakhis for the whole day everywhere they go.
Not only siblings enjoy the ritual but also cousins, or distant family members or even men and women who are unrelated to each other can perform it.