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What is Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan is a festival of India that is celebrated with full pomp and show throughout the country. It is celebrated on the day of Rakha Purnima with great fervour and it is a big day for the brothers and sisters throughout the country. Different customs and traditions are followed in different Indian regions.

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Raksha Bandhan is a traditional culture of the land of India. It means the bond of protection. Literally the rituals of Raksha Bandhan are followed in India from a very long time. In many regions of India it is also known as Rakha Purnima.

Although there are many myths and legends that are related to Raksha Bandhan, its main motive which it reflects is that a brother promises his sister that he will protect her from every crisis on earth, in any condition thus symbolising his love and affection for his sister.

The customs and rituals of Raksha Bandhan are different in different regions of India. But out of it the most prevalent one which is even inscribed in the myths even narrate Raksha Bandhan in the following way. On the spiritual occasion of Raksha Bandhan, every sister ties a Rakhi on the wrist of his brother after applying a tilak of kesar on his forehead. The brother and sister feed each other with sweets. Thereafter, the brother gives his blessings to his sister along with a promise that he will protect her.

The custom of tying a rakhi on the wrist of a real brother is prevalent nearly everywhere in India. However, with the modernisation other trends are also following up, which includes a girl tying rakhi on the wrist of cousins (which here refers to cousin brothers) and even adopted brothers, which symbolise equality in everyone.

The day brings a ray of hope and smile to the face of every girl in the country and is desperately waited for by the girls as brothers who even live far away on this day give a special visit to their sisters who long to see their faces. Markets are also overflowing with traditional rakhi’s week before celebrations of Raksha Bandhan. The markets are lighting and designed just like a fare. There is joy and happiness in all the four corners of the country.

The festival has a symbolic importance and even the criminals who are locked up in the jail get the good side of the festival. On this day their sisters arrive in the jail and tie rakhi on their wrist. In southern & Central parts of India on this highly this day which is also known via the name of Shravan Poornima day, on this day all the people of the Brahmin community performs the rituals of Avani Avittam.

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Ranked #10 in Popular Culture

Great to know this festival Arpit, thank you and have a nice day.

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