A Complete Guide to Rakhi Celebration in India

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In case you don’t know the facts about Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan or just want to brush up your knowledge about the festival, read the complete rakhi celebration guide below.

Date:
This year Raksha Bandhan is falling on 7th August 2017 which is a Monday. Traditionally, this festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the Shrawan month, the fourth month of Hindu Lunar Calendar.

Meaning:
The term Raksha Bandhan literally means “bond of protection”. This one celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. And some people who are not related biologically also celebrate this festival. In modern times, Raksha Bandhan is also celebrated as a day of love and brotherhood and thus people from all walks of life can tie each other a rakhi.

The main celebration:
Sisters first of all prepare the rakhi puja thali with incense sticks on holders, sweets, rakhi, flowers, roli chawal, and tika. The brother sits in front of her and she does some praying for his long life and then ties the sacred rakhi on his wrist. This rakhi band is the love of a sister that keeps the brothers safe and secure against all odds. Then she feeds her some of his favorite sweets. Now, in return, the brother showers some lovely gifts for his sister. The gift ideas for sister on this Raksha Bandhan may vary from computers to clothes, watches to hand bags, jewelry to cutlery, etc. Depending on the choice of the sister, a brother selects the gift.

Gift ideas for rakhi:
Sisters also bring in some surprise gifts their brothers. You have a wide gamut of gift ideas present in front of you both in online as well as offline markets. Garments like Jeans and T-shirts, accessories like glares and ties, cakes like black forest or chocolate truffle, chocolates like Ferrero Rocher or Cadbury Dairy Milk, personalized items like coffee mug or photo frame can be opted by you.