A day for some brotherly and sisterly love…
When: Varying dates in August. 2nd August 2012.
Raksha Bandhan (meaning bond of protection in many Indian languages) is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie a sacred Rakhi thread on the right wrist of their brothers and apply tilak on their foreheads to ensure a long life and happiness.
Rakhis are usually made of silk with gold and silver threads and sequins. They are beautifully crafted and sometimes studded with semi precious stones. In return the brother vows to look after his sister and protect her, and they traditionally exchange sweets to seal the deal.
Any male, whether they are a cousin or a good friend, can be adopted as a brother by ceremoniously tying a rakhi on his wrist in order to become “blood brothers and sisters”.
The Raksha Bandhan festival is very similar to the Bhai Dooj festival except some of the rituals are slightly different.
When is Raksha Bandhan?
Rakhi is celebrated on the Hindu day of Shravan Poornima that falls in the month of August every year. Rakhi 2011 will be on 13th August and in 2012 it will be on 2nd August.
Sisters usually prepare a delicious feast for their brothers and Laddoos (sweet balls), burfi (sweetmeat) are made along with various other delicacie son Raksha Bandhan. Cook our delicious Sabzi Kari (vegetable curry) for your brother. Drink Lassi.
A token of brotherly and sisterly love
Beautiful Rakhi bracelets for your brothers on Raksha Bandhan.