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Know the Customs and Traditions of Celebrating Raksha Bandhan in India

Every year, the auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated during the Sharavana Purnima on the full moon day. This holy day celebrates the special bond between brothers and sisters and reflects the immense love and care for each other. Distance is not a hindrance at all as brothers living far away from their sisters come to them to celebrate the occasion together. Though the trend of celebrating the event has changed, the traditions and customs of Rakhi remain unchanged. With the age old customs, it is rejoiced in the same way with lot of excitement and happiness in heart.

Traditions and Customs of Rakhi

As a part of the tradition, the woman of the house wakes up early in the morning, take bath and start the day by preparing delicious food and thereafter perform puja to receive the blessings of the deity. Most of the brother and sisters in the family often observe fast. The highlight of the day is the preparation of the Rakhi with puja thali with rice particles, beautiful rakhis, diya, kumkum and delicious sweets. The ceremony is followed by aarti which the sisters do for their brothers, apply tikka on their forehead and tie rakhi around their wrist and wish for their prosperous life. In return, the brother offers gifts to them and promises to protect and take care of their sisters from all hurdles of life. The beautiful gifts they get in return shows that the sisters are being pampered by their brothers. As no celebration is complete without mouth-watering food, all the family members sit together and relish the delicacies. So, celebrate the day with full enthusiasm and joy.