Rakhi/ Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana/Saawan in India, but Maheshwari families celebrate this festival on Rishi Punchmi, which comes 25 days after the Rakhi day.

“Raksha” means “protection” and “Bandhan” means “bond”.  This festival is an expression of love and care that brothers and sisters share all through their life. Raksha Bandhan tightens the bond of love between the sister and brother. On this day, sisters pray and keep fast for the long life of their brothers and wish for their well-being. Brothers, in turn, promise to be by the sisters’ side through thick and thin and give her a token gift.Along with the rakhi sister puts kumkum, rice, sweets, coconut, and deepak in the thali to complete the Rakhi ceremony’s preparation. Sister puts kumkum and rice on her brother’s forehead and gives him sweets to eat. Then she ties the rakhi on her brother’s wrist and does aarti with deepak, and gives him coconut. There is special rakhi for sisters-in-law, which is called chooday ki rakhi, which can be tied on her bangle. Rakhi is also tied to nephews and nieces