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Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is the most important Hindu festivals that celebrates the strong and the pious bond between a brother and a sister. This sibling festival reflects the eternal love amongst them.
As a token of love and respect, the sisters apply Tilak on the forehead and tie a protection thread on the wrist of their brothers, and pray for their good health and well-being. Brothers gifts something in return and promise to safeguard their sisters against all evils.
Every celebration is incomplete without food. On this day, delicious sweets and cuisines are prepared for the family. They eat together and spend quality time with their relatives and friends. This is how this festival is celebrated.
Raksha Bandhan is usually celebrated every year during the full moon day in the month of Shravana. This festival comes in the month of the August, and in this year, it will be celebrated on 22nd August. The date changes every year as per the position of the moon.
According to Purnima Tithi, the festival will start from 21st August at 7:00 pm and end on 22nd August at 5:31 pm. The thread ceremony of brothers and sisters will begin from 6:15 am to 5:31 pm.
There is a popular story that is associated with this festival. According to which Lord Krishna was injured by a sharp object, and cut his finger. Draupadi immediately tore a cloth section from her sari, and tied to his finger to stop the bleeding. This gesture totally touched him, and he vowed to protect her from all the bad things.
Lord Krishna fulfilled his promise by saving her honor from Kauravas. They tried to dishonor her in front of the courtiers and that is where Krishna helped her by making her sari long and endless. In this way, he saved Draupadi from the evil and the trend of tying Rakhi has been carried forward.
All the family members get up early in the morning for the rituals. A special thali is prepared that contains roli, rice grains, diya, rakhi and sweets. As per the ceremony timings, the sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of her brother, and gets a gift in return. This tradition is followed every year. Overall, this festival is celebrated with great joy and happiness throughout the nation.