Raksha Bandhan, a luminous thread of love, ties together millions of hearts across India, every year. Sisters lovingly tie the rakhi which is a sacred band, around their brothers’ wrists, symbolising protection and affection. In return, brothers pledge to guard their sisters from all adversities. However, this is not just an exchange of gifts and sweets, it goes beyond that. The festival delves deep into ancient traditions, recounting tales of heroic deeds and divine interventions. Over the colourful rakhis and delectable treats, lies the essence of a bond that is unbreakable. It is a day where age-old stories are relived, teasing banter is exchanged, and promises are renewed. In an age of fleeting digital connections, Raksha Bandhan serves as a poignant reminder of the everlasting bond of siblings. As families gather, laughter echoes, and the essence of this day is felt, protection, love, and the joy of togetherness are celebrated.
Just like every year, this year as we gear up to celebrate the festival this year, a lot of confusion is floating around that needs clarification. The Shubh Muhurat (correct time to tie rakhi), what is the date of the celebration, is it 30 or 31? All this is going around.
Well, scroll down to know all of those details!
When to celebrate: The Shubh Muhurat
Mark your calendars, this year, Raksha Bandhan lights up our hearts on Wednesday, August 30th. However, here is a twist: due to the Bhadra Kaal, you can even celebrate those sibling moments on August 31st. This joyous festival shines brightest on the full moon day, Rakhi Purnima. Want to catch that perfect moment? The full moon glows from 10:58 AM on August 30th till 7:05 AM the next day. But hang tight! Due to Bhadra coinciding with the moon, the best time for those cherished Rakhi rituals is post 9:01 PM on August 30th. If you miss the magic hour, do not worry! August 31st, before 7:05 AM, has your back. In total, you have got a generous ten hours and four minutes for the Raksha Bandhan festivities.
How to celebrate: The Rituals
- Ladies, have your brother facing west and ask him to put a handkerchief or scarf on his head.
- Line up your rakhi essentials – the rakhi, roli, diya, chawal, and, of course, those tempting sweets.
- Then place a roli tilak on your brother’s forehead and apply some aromatic Akshat (raw chawal with a hint of turmeric or sandalwood).
- Light up the diya, tie the rakhi on his left wrist and let those chocolates be the sweet surprise as he holds a coconut in his right hand.
- Await your brother’s heartfelt gifts and cherish his vow to have your back, always. For gift ideas read: 10 Best Gifts for Your Siblings on this Raksha Bandhan
New ways to celebrate beyond traditional Rakhi
- Memory Lane- Turn the festive celebration into ‘memory lane’ day, pull out childhood photos, reminisce about shared stories, and maybe even recreate a few pictures.
- Personalize gifts- Instead of just a rakhi, craft a DIY bracelet or piece of art. Or else you can get them something they deeply desire.
- Quality Time- Cook a meal together, blending each sibling’s favourite dish. Venture out for a bonding day trip, explore nature, or tackle a joint hobby.
- Plan a Trip- Go on a short trip or staycation and spend time with your siblings and cousins.
Finding the perfect Rakhi
Dive into local markets adorned with vibrant threads and intricate designs that capture the essence of this special occasion because nothing beats the stroll through the market. If you want to save time then explore online platforms where a click gives you a myriad of options, letting you choose rakhi styles that resonate with your sibling’s personality. Whether it is traditional, modern, or personalized, make sure the rakhi reflects your affection. Seek out recommendations, read reviews, and compare prices to make an informed choice. Remember, it is not just a thread but a symbol of your heartfelt emotions. So, go ahead, find that unique rakhi and make this festival unforgettable!
In the heart of it all, Raksha Bandhan is more than just rituals and rakhis; it is a celebration of bonds that defy distance, time, and odds. This year, with the dance of the moon and the play of the calendar, we have two days to bask in the glow of sibling love. Whether you are picking out the perfect rakhi, reminiscing over old memories, or crafting new ones, remember the essence of the day: unconditional love and unwavering protection. As rakhis are tied, sweets are shared, and stories are exchanged, let us raise a toast to the age-old tradition that only grows richer with time. Here is to a Raksha Bandhan filled with laughter, memories, and boundless love!