Raksha Bandhan

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Raksha Bandhan: A ritual about the unique bonding between a brother and a sister

Raksha Bandhan is a special hindu festival. The festival is celebrated by many Hindus, Jains and Sikhs.

This is a beautiful tradition: The sister ties a rakhi, a ritually blessed bracelet, around the wrist of her brother confirming the connection her sisterly love and expressing her blessing. Afterwards she hands over sweets to her brother. Typically, traditional sweets are Ladoo, Rass Malai and Rasgulla. Then the brother offers gifts and promises to protect her for his whole life.

The Sikhs traditionally go to the Gurudwara temple to tie a rakhi also for their god. The holy book Granth Sahib is kept in the temple on four pillars. There the rakhi will be tied.

As per the Sanskrit terminology, Raksha Bandhan means the tie or knot of protection. Raksha means protection and Bandhan to tie or to knot. Raksha Bandhan is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana, which typically falls in August.

Rakhi bracelet

Rakhi bracelet

Rakhi bracelet and sweets

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