Raksha Bandha – is not just a festival but a day of love, bonding, and faith. The love of siblings is beyond any explanation which is why this festival has a very special place in our hearts. Celebrated in the month of August, Raksha Bandhan is a day full of laughter, joy and prosperity.
Raksha Bandhan derives from two words “Raksha” and “Bandhan” which means protecting the bond of love and trust. The love and relationship of the siblings are truly adorable. And this festival purely captures the essence of love and affection of the brother and sister.
If you look closely, Raksha Bandhan is not just a one-day festival. The preparation for this festival started a week in advance. Shopping for new clothes, buying rakhi for your brothers, selecting gifts for your sister, all this started way before the actual day.
According to Hindu customs, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Shravan. On this day, a sister ties the rakhi on her brother’s wrist and the brother takes the oath to protect his sister in every situation. The custom of tying the rakhi signifies the connection of the bond of love between brother and sister. It is not just a thread but a pure emotion that the sister has for her brother. In the same way, the gifts given by the brothers to his sisters represent his blessings.
Another special thing about Raksha Bandhan is Food. Different kinds of sweets and other delicacies are prepared to make this festival more special. A plethora of options are available when it comes to food. Jalebi, Kheer, Gulab Jamun, Chole Bhature, Chole Chawal, Aloo Puri and many other things are made.
In this busy life, there are very few days when the whole family gets the chance to eat together. But Raksha Bandhan brings the whole family together. After performing the rituals of tying the rakhi, the whole family gets together and enjoys the food with lots of laughter and reminiscing about their childhood.
Special Ways To Celebrate The Rakhi
If you also love the festival of Raksha Bandhan just like us and are looking for some special ways to celebrate the day, we have something for you. Here are some unique plans in which you can celebrate your Raksha Bandhan and make it more special:
- Watch A Movie Together
Watching a movie is never a bad idea! If you and your siblings love watching movies, we suggest you watch a movie together on this Raksha Bandhan and make one more memory together. You can watch any movie you love but it is always a great idea to watch a comedy movie. Or, if you want you can go with animated movies also. Since these movies are made especially for kids, you can enjoy them with the whole family.
- Play Guess Who?
Another interesting way to make your Raksha Bandhan special is to play games. The perfect game for this festival is “Guess Who”. In this, you show an old album to your sibling and ask questions like; guess who is this? What are you doing here and other similar questions? Or you can tell stories related to a particular picture.
This game is perfect for the Raksha Bandhan because each member of the family can take part in the game. Rekindling childhood memories, this Raksha Bandhan makes your bond stronger with this game.
- A Charitable Act
Raksha Bandhan is itself a very special festival. And you can make it more special by doing a charitable deed. Visit an orphanage or an old age home and spend your day with the people there and learn a thing or two from them.
Spending time with them gives you everlasting eternal joy. Distribute your love and laughter in the form of sweets, chocolates, clothes or anything you like.
- A Lunch/Dinner Plan
If you can, plan an outdoor lunch or dinner with your sibling. This is a little difficult with all the guests in the house, but try to plan a lunch. If it is not possible during the day, go for dinner. Planning lunch or dinner gives you the opportunity to spend time with your siblings where you can all just sit together, eat, talk and enjoy your day.
Surprise Your Sister With A Special Gift
Don’t forget you have to gift something to your sister also! A thoughtful gift is something that your sister will remember and cherish forever. Let’s help you with some of the gifting options so that you can gift your sister a special gift.
- A Watch
What can be a more sophisticated gift than a Watch? Everyone wears a Watch, so gifting your sister with one is always a great idea. Nowadays, so many options are available for watches in the market.
You can gift her either a smartwatch or an analogue watch, depending on what she likes the most. If you know her favourite brand or a particular type of watch then it is even better for you. Surprise her with the Watch, she will definitely love it.
Who doesn’t like to smell good, right? This Raksha Bandhan gift your sister a set of nice perfumes. But before buying anything, just make sure what kind of fragrance she likes and what is her favourite fragrance. Perfumes are considered a timeless gift, so you can never go wrong with this gifting option.
- Skincare Products
If your sister loves to take care of her skin then gifting her skincare products is the best gifting option. There are lots of skincare combos available in the market. You can choose easily and surprise your sister with something that she loves.
Raksha Bandhan is a very special occasion to strengthen your bond with your sibling. Raksha Bandhan spread the message of love, affection and protection. Now, Raksha Bandhan is not just a festival of brother and sister but it can be celebrated by anyone. You can tie rakhi to anyone. It is not necessary that only a sister tie a rakhi to her brother, it can be a sister-sister, brother-brother, or even among friends. The idea is to share the bond of love with your sibling, so you can do it any way you like.
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