How Is Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Celebrated

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in a variety of ways and forms by people. The festival is celebrated in different ways by the people residing in various parts of India. It is an occasion which observes the love and duty between siblings and falls under the Shravana month of Hindu calendar which is equivalent to the August month of Gregorian calendar. Some of the various ways related to the celebration of Raksha Bandhan are described below:

Buying of Rakhi

Before the coming of Raksha Bandhan, sisters begin buying rakhis for their brother from the market that are specially decorated for the occasion. They look out for special rakhi in the form of colourful threads, silver rakhis, bracelets, amulets and other men's wrist accessories for the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. You can also check out the colourful Rakhi gifts for your beloved brother here.

Performing Rakhi Rituals

On the day of Raksha Bandhan, brothers and sisters wear new clothes and observe the festival in the presence of their parents, elders and grandparents. The ritual involves lighting a diya or earthen lamp which represents the fire deity and performing of aarti by the sisters. They perform prayers for the well-being of their brother and apply a "tilak" on the forehead of their brothers. Along with this, a portion of sweet/ dessert or dry fruits is fed to the brother and finally the rakhi is tied around the wrist of brother.

Offering of Rakhi Gifts by Brother

After the rakhi is tied around the wrist, it is now the turn of brother to offer special rakhi return gifts to his sister. The gift could be in the form of a money, a gift from an offline or online gifting store in the form of rakhi special gift hamper, a dress, a piece of jewellery items or any other such presents. For brothers who want to offer something unique and extraordinary to their sisters can check out the stunning range of Rakhi return gifts for their sisters at this place.

Tying of special rakhi known as Lumba Rakhi - As mentioned above, the occasion of Raksha Bandhan has moved ahead from the brother-sister relationship and is now actively celebrated among different relationships also. In the Rajasthani and Marwadi community, woman tie rakhi on the wrist of their brother's wife or the sister-in-law (Bhabhi). The custom is followed as the wife of the brother is responsible for the well-being of their brother and being a part of the family, her well-being is important for the whole family as well.

This special Lumba Rakhi for bhabhi is also an old trend in Gujarati, Punjabi and other families. These colourful rakhis are now catching up with the people of entire India and are becoming a huge rage on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

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