Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates the unique bond between a brother and a sister. Raksha Bandhan means a thread for protection. According to the Hindu calendar, ‘Rakhi’ is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Shravan (August). This festival is celebrated in all parts of India with different forms.
On the occasion of this festival sisters apply tilak to the forehead of their brothers, tie the sacred thread called Rakhi to the wrist of their brothers and do aarti and pray for their good health & long life on the other hand brother promises to guard his sister throughout .
This thread, which represents love and sublime sentiments, is called the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘a bond of protection’. The festival also indulges into some exchange of gifts between the two which makes it even more special.
This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year. The preparations begin much earlier than the actual day. Colorful rakhis are available in the market some 20 days before the festival. Sisters start their Rakhi shopping one or two weeks in advance.
The traditional rakhi style is associated with the simple fragile ‘thread’, ‘dora’, ‘dhaga’, ‘mouli’ but in the modern days it has transformed itself into a trendy, fashionable and more elegant in looks. Designer rakhis in silver and gold are also made by rakhi designers. Zari, beads, stones, satin, pearls are used to make rakhi more sylish.
Rakhis are ideally made of silk with gold and silver threads, beautifully crafted embroidered sequins, and studded with semi-precious stones.
Mouli Rakhi is made of a sacred thread called Mouli, which is used in the Hindu dharma, and is tied on wrists before performing rituals. It is used since the ancient times.
The Resham Rakhi or Silk Rakhi has been traditionally since ages. These rakhis are much decorated and are popular among people of all ages.
With the passage of time, the style of rakhi threads has changed into chains plated with gold or silver. Now a days you get different styles of rakhis like, chocolate rakhi, super hero rakhi, cartoon rakhi.
Lumba rakhi also has a special significance. The Lumba Rakhi is a very special type of Rakhi, which are meant for the sister-in-laws (your brother’s wife or bhabhi).The Lumba Rakhis are quite different than traditional Rakhis in terms of appearance. These Rakhis are more slender, and vibrant than the traditional Rakhis which are meant for boys, and men. The vibrant color of these Rakhis makes them more beautiful, when they are complimented with the colorful traditional Indian attire.
Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the unmatched bond of love, care and respect. But in a broader perspective the festival of Raksha Bandhan conveys an intrinsic message of universal brotherhood and sisterhood.