Rakhi 2017: Significance Rakshabandhan Festival. Raksha Bandhan means “bond of protection”. It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Shravana, which typically falls in the Gregorian calendar month of August. We are all gearing up to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan.This year, it falls on 7th August 2017. The day marks the bond of love, faith, and protection between a brother and his sister.Everyone start preparing for this festival much in advance. About a month before the commencement of Raksha Bandhan, you can see fancy and colorful Rakhis in every market. Ladies start shopping for Rakhi and Rakhi gifts quite early. They shop for new clothes and beautiful Rakhi gifts especially the one that has to be sent to their brothers staying far. Almost every shop, be it sweet shops, garment shops, gift shops, or any other shop, all are flooded with attractive Rakhi gifts to attract people.On the day of Rakhi festival, the festivity of this auspicious day begins by the day break. After taking bath early morning, people get ready by wearing new clothes and gather for worship. After invoking the blessings of the Gods, the sister performs brother’s arti, puts tika and chawal on his forehead and ties Rakhi amongst chanting of mantras. Sisters whole heartedly give sweets to their brothers to eat which in turns add more sweetness in the Raksha Bandhan celebration and pray for their well being. In return, brothers pamper their sisters and present beautiful gifts to lure them. They also promise to take care of her and stand by her side in any circumstances.Rabindra Nath Tagore started gathering of people like ‘Rakhi Mahotsavas’ in Shantiniketan to propagate the feeling of brotherhood among people. He believed that the this will invoke trust and feeling of peaceful coexistence. Raksha Bandhan, for them, is a way to harmonize the relationship of humanity. The tradition continues as people started tying Rakhis to the neighbor and friends.
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