A festival of a brother-sister bond, RakshaBandhan is celebrated all over India and is still practised till date. It is being celebrated in not just India but many parts of Asia since centuries. It is a joyous occasion that is celebrated with much enthusiasm and gusto.
More about RakshaBandhan
RakshaBandhan is celebrated to rejoice the fraternity of the bond between a brother and a sister. It signifies the love and care of a sister for her brother and the promises made by a brother to protect his sister from all harms.
Preparation for this occasion stars almost two weeks before where the shops are filled with colourful rakhis and gifts. It is not just a matter of tying the sacred thread but there are many rituals that are to be followed before tying the thread.
Previously, the thread could be tied by any female member of the family since ‘Raksha’ means to protect. In today’s scenario, this day is given so much importance, binding the family together in an emotional bond of love.
How is RakshaBandhan celebrated throughout India?
Different places have different ways of celebrating this auspicious occasion of love between a brother and sister. RakshaBandhan has different names in different parts of the country, such as ‘RakhiPurnima’ in the north.
North-west parts of India, ‘KajariPurnima’ in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh, ‘NariyalPurnima’ in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, ‘Upakarman’ or ‘AvaniAvittam’ in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and ‘Pavitropana’ in certain parts of Gujarat.
Here is a list of places with different ways of celebrating RakshaBandhan –
- Jammu – Jammu has the most interesting way of celebrating this auspicious occasion with kite flying. The kite flying festival begins from almost a month before the festival and all age groups enjoy the occasion. It is not just the small traditional kites that are used but huge kites of different shapes are seen during this festival
- West Bengal and Odisha – It is called JulanPurnima in both the states. In these two states, people start the day by worshipping Lord Ram and Seeta
- Maharashtra – The fisherfolks of the coasts throws coconuts into the sea as an offering. The traditional RakshaBandhan is celebrated after the worship of the sea
- Tamil Nadu, Kerala and parts of Odisha – This festival is basically for all the males in the family. It is celebrated on a full moon night. The Brahmins celebrate this occasion by taking a dip in the water to wash away their sins. After the occasion, the old thread tied on the body is replaced with a new one. They promise to be good and perform good actions in the coming year.
- Gujarat –Women worship Lord Shiva and ask for forgiveness of their past sins
Gifts for RakshaBandhan
- Chocolates – Chocolates are not just a girl’s favourite but also a boy’s. You can get a box of assorted chocolates to surprise your siblings
- Books – If your siblings are fond of reading then you can get them a book that she has been looking for quite a while
- Accessories – Get accessories like bags, sunglasses, watches and other such accessories that will excite your siblings
- Mobile phones – If you think that your sibling has been using the same phone for long then you can get them a new one
- Electronics – If you have a sibling who is married then you can get them different types of household electronic devices, read more best gift ideas for sister this Rakhi.
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