Raksha Bandhan celebration in India
India is a country full of festivals and colours. Each festival is unique. It is the colours in Holi, lights in Diwali and brotherhood in Eid. By means of this festivals people come together and celebrate it with great enthusiasm. Among all this there exist a festival called “Raksha Bandhan” or “Rakhi” is dedicated for the sibling love.
What is Raksha Bandhan, Why do We Celebrate Rakhi Festival?
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in month of Shraavana, in August. Raksha Bandhan festival means is knot of protection” where “Raksha” means protection and “Bandhan” is a verb to tie. This festival signifies the eternal love of sister and brother relationship. On this day sister ties Rakhi around brothers wrist for his well-being and prosperity. Brother offers gift and promise to protect his sister. This festival is celebrated among cousins and relatives. Offices, friends, schools to colleges, celebrate this day with a new hope for a good relationship. In India in several different states this festival is also called as Rakhi Poornima, Nariyal Poornima and is celebrated in different way. Raksha bandhan resembles the bond of love, respect and care. In India in western part Rakhi is known as “Nariyal Purnima” and it resembles the full moon like coconut. In the southern part of India, Raksha Bandhan festival is known as “Avani Avittam” Central part of India it is called as “Kajari Purnima”. Raksha Bandhan is not just a symbol of sibling love.
During a war between Gods and demons, Indra known as the king of heaven was losing to King Bali, Indrani wife of Indra prayed to Lord Vishnu, he gave her a holy thread then she tied that thread around Indra’s wrist., Indra won the war and the thread became his protection against any evil. Also when lord Krishna was throwing Sudharshan Chakra at Shishupala, his finger got injured then Draupadi tore a piece of cloth from her saree and wrapped it around Krishna’s finger.Krishna was so much touched by her unconditional love, Krishna took the responsibility of Draupadi’s care and protection upon himself. All this ancient stories are the roots of existence of Raksha Bandhan. Rakshabandhan could involve any bond, be it a mother and a daughter’s or sisters’. In India, every year, women from different NGOs, schools, colleges send Rakhi to the soldiers who reside in the borders of the country, fighting for country. Raksha Bandhan is not just tying a thread, but it tells much more than that.