Raksha Bandhan

How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan as an only child?

How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan as an only child
Written by Pratiksha Priya

The bond you share with your siblings is like no other. It’s a combination of annoyance and also pure love. Sometimes, they annoy you by teasing you or fighting over the TV remote. And there are also times when they share the last piece of cake with you, keep your secret locked in their minds forever, or give your words of encouragement and support. Siblings share many beautiful memories. 

As a single child, you may not relate to these memories. Being a single child comes with its boons, like no sharing of toys or snacks, getting all the love from your mom and dad, among many more benefits. But as Raksha Bandhan approaches, everyone seems busy getting the best rakhi for brothers and gifts for their sisters. And, sometimes, it made you wish to have a sibling by your side to celebrate the day with. As Raksha Bandhan in 2023 is around the corner, and you are considering celebrating it without feeling alone, we have got you. We present some ideas for celebrating Raksha Bandhan as a single child. Read on!

Spend the day with mom and dad

So what if you don’t have siblings to celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with? You have the world’s best parents, who have always been by your side and never let you feel alone even once. They have always got your back no matter what, through ups and downs, and love you without any conditions. The love of your parents is very pure. Take this Raksha Bandhan as an excellent opportunity to thank your mom and dad for loving and supporting you. Spend the day with them with an outing or watching classic Bollywood comedy movies and have a great time together. 

Tie a rakhi to a loved one

Tying a rakhi is not only limited to a brother related by blood. Raksha Bandhan means a bond of protection, and you can celebrate the festival by tying a rakhi to your loved one, who is like a brother figure in your life. It can be anyone, such as your best friend, cousin, etc.  

Send rakhi to soldiers

The real superheroes in our lives are the Indian Army Soldiers who guard the national borders day and night throughout the scorching heat and biting cold. They are the reason we are protected from external threats and can sleep peacefully at night. 

Celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with the hardworking army soldiers by tying rakhis to them. You can visit a nearby army forces office to celebrate the occasion with them. You can also send rakhi to soldiers and add a gratitude letter.

Donate to an NGO

Why spend Raksha Bandhan alone as a single child when you can spend it uniquely? Make this occasion more special and memorable for the underprivileged kids at an NGO or an orphanage by donating food, toys, sweets, etc. You can also tie rakhis to the children and spend the day talking to them, telling stories, or playing with them. 

Tie rakhi to pet

Here’s another way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan as an only child, tie a rakhi to your pet, because why not? A rakhi symbolizes love and protection and can be tied to your adorable pet. Your furry friend is the most essential member of your family. Your pet is like your best friend. Although they don’t speak, their presence is all you need to cheer up. 

So, celebrate this occasion in a fun way by tying a pet-friendly rakhi to your cat or dog. But ensure that the rakhi you choose is comfortable for your pet. The rakhi shouldn’t have embellishments that may come off quickly and get swallowed by your pet. You can also tie the rakhi to your pet’s paw and remove it after some time just for safety. 

Visit a favorite place

If traveling is what you like, then on this Raksha Bandhan, visit a place that you like or have always wanted to visit but haven’t yet. You can go to Manali, Shimla, Siliguri, Goa, etc., with your group of friends, family or have a solo adventure. 

Binge-watching series 

When looking for rakhi celebration ideas for a single child, you can spend the day binge-watching your favorite TV series or the latest ones. If you don’t feel like going out, wear your comfy pajamas, snuggle up in a blanket, and watch your favorite shows. Make sure to grab your favorite snacks and drinks. You can also invite your best friends over and watch the shows together. 


You can also celebrate the day of Raksha Bandhan as a self-care or self-bonding day. You can focus this whole day entirely on yourself, where you can indulge in the activities you like. You can stroll down and explore the ancient monuments in the city where you reside, read a new book with a delicious cup of tea or coffee, or pamper yourself at a spa. 


If you wonder what to do on Rakhi as a single child, you can reflect on your special bonds. Even though you don’t have siblings, you have special bonds with many people who don’t let you feel alone. 

For instance, your mom and dad are your best friends who care for you, listen to your worries, and provide solutions. You may also have a group of fun-loving and loyal friends who have got your back or that one best friend who is like your sibling, just not related by blood. You can choose this day to show your love and gratitude to them. You can write a letter stating how grateful you are for their presence in your life and cherish the bond always. 

Raksha Bandhan party

Lastly, you can also celebrate Raksha Bandhan by throwing a party for your friends who are single child of their parents. Organize some games and activities, have a variety of snacks and drinks for your friends, and have a fun time together. You can also discuss how your friends spend Raksha Bandhan day as a single child.

We hope you liked these ideas for Raksha Bandhan celebrations as a single child. You may have always had FOMO for Rakhi as a single kid, but you have many people who are so caring, supportive, and protective of you. Cherish those people in your life ad never let them go. Honor the bonds you share with those people by thanking them for their presence in your life.  

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