Some fun facts about Rakshabandhan
Rakshabandhan or simply Rakhi is a Hindu festival celebrated in many parts of India. In simple words, Raksha bandhan means “Bond of Protection”. The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related. On the day of the festival, a sister ties a rakhi (a thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.
Source : Wikipedia
It’s been many years that I have not celebrated Rakhi with my brother and other cousins. We all live in different cities and every year I send Rakhis to them. The bond is not limited to that one day of the year and hence works fine for all of us.
This year, I wanted to bring some fun facts about the festival to all you readers of this blog.
Did you know,
- Whether younger or older, brothers are supposed to get a gift for their sister. It’s a part of the ritual and fun too. Who doesn’t like getting gifts – in cash or kind?
- Both brothers and sisters fast before the sister ties a Rakhi and they eat only when the ritual is complete. So, Rakhi is celebrated in the morning but falls on a full moon day.
- Most of the North Indian states have an official day off for Rakshabandhan. When my cousins call to wish me on the day of the festival, I am at work unlike them. Boring.
- In Haryana, the state declares free bus rides for women a day prior and on the day of the festival so that they can travel to their brother’s house and celebrate the festival. Not just that, an eighteen years or younger male adult accompanying the woman is also allowed the free to and fro ride.
- In western states of India, a sister also ties a lumba (a different kind of rakhi) on her sister-in-law’s wrist. It is a gesture of love and one that brings two sisters-in-law together.
- Courier services prioritize sending a Rakhi over any other delivery. The package is tagged with a symbol that indicates the content and ensures that the package reaches the destination before the day of the festival. I sent mine on Sunday and by Tuesday morning, they were all delivered. From Bangalore to New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Manipal. Less than 48 hours and no extra charges.
- Young girls carry Rakhi to shoo away stalkers. Yes, tying a Rakhi is a good threat to keep those unwelcoming male friends at bay. A rakhi once tied means the duo is now a brother and sister. Something that is also exploited a lot but still deserves a mention.
India is so diverse that the same festival has many forms as you move from one region to the other. This is something that has always fascinated me. Do you have something unique to share about Rakshabandhan?
Let me know in the comments below. 🙂