Raksha Bandhan: The bond of Love

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Raksha Bandhan is primarily a Hindu festival celebrating the ultimate bond of love which engulfs the luscious and mesmerizing covenant between a brother and a sister. This unique and one of the most important festivals are performed in several parts of the Indian sub-regions, especially Nepal and India. Rakhi is ascribed to the bond of protection and security. The significance of this celebration is to mark the duty and love between sisters and brothers. Rakhi is as well used in celebrating any sister-brother relationships between women and men who may not or may be biologically related.
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When is it celebrated?

The festival is marked on Shravana, which remains the Hindu lunisolar calendar of the full moon day. This period is known as August in the Gregorian calendar. Rakhi is being marked by Hindus in western & northern India, Nepal, and Mauritius. Rakhi is also marked by Sikhs and Hindus in regions of Pakistan.which falls in the month of August. Raksha Bandhan 2017 it will be observed on the 11th of August.

How is it celebrated?

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The Sanskrit word "Raksha" and "Bandhan" loosely translates to a protection and to tie. So it basically means to tie a protection around someone's brother. On the day of the festival, the sister ties a 'rakhi', which is a thread, on her brother's hand. The whole ritual is carried out in front of a candle or Diya, symbolizing the fire deity. Then the sister marks her brother's head with a tilak, which is a colorful mark on the forehead. The custom ends with the brother vowing to guard his sister under any circumstance.This is done with a prayer for the happiness and prosperity of the brother (man). This act simply insinuates the love of the sister to her brother. The brother will promise to protect her and offer a small gift as well. on Raksha Bandhan 2017
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