In India, every festival is celebrated with great pomp and joy and the relations between the people and the affluent culture are the spirit of each. One such festival is Rakhi, also known as Raksha Bandhan, which rejoices in the sweet and enduring bond of care, love and affection between a brother and a sister. This day provides a chance to brothers and sisters to express their love and care towards each other. On this day, a sister prays for the well being of her brother and in return, the brother also promises to protect and help her in all the difficulties, forever. This occasion is celebrated by tying a sacred thread of protection, known as Rakhi, which is adorned with artificial decorative items such as sequins, beads, etc. This thread symbolises the pure love and affection of a sister for her brother. And the day on which this auspicious thread is tied is known as Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan. Also, the sisters buy rakhi puja thalis, sweets, etc for their brothers and the brothers in return, give gifts or money as a token of love and best wishes to their sisters.
This festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana which is known as 'Shravan Purnima'. It usually falls in the month of July-August (according to the Gregorian calendar). On this day, the sister wakes up early in the morning and after taking her bath dresses up in traditional Indian attire, worships God and then performs the customs of Rakhi. First, she performs an aarti (a ritualistic act of worshipping), followed by applying tilak made of roli and few rice grains on her brother's forehead and tying the thread of rakhi on his wrist. The act is actually a silent prayer that she makes for a long and healthy life of her brother. On brother's part it is a silent oath to look after the best interests of his sister and being with her through thick and thin. After this, she offers delicious sweets to her brother and in return, gets beautiful gifts or money as a symbol of his love and affection. Please find below the rakhi date for the year 2016
Rakhi in 2016: Thursday, 18th August
Rakhi is one of the most important festivals in India and is celebrated every year with much fervour. Go through the article to know more about it and the date on which it falls in 2016.