Raksha Bandhan Traditionally
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival and is observed in some parts of India and Nepal. The tradition has it that, siblings share a sacred and special bond; especially the bond between a brother and his sister. The Hindi words raksha bandhan literally translate to protection bond and is reflective of the commitment a brother has toward his sister – of protecting her. On the day of the festival, the brother will have his wrist tied with a bracelet (called “Rakhi”; all the curious souls can buy one here) by his sister or the many sisters that he has. Conventionally, no two brothers tie rakhis to each other; it is essentially a celebration of the bond shared solely by a brother and his sister. So while the sister gifts her, brother a rakhi, he promises his love and commitment (of protecting) to her for life.
Rakhis at a street stall
Raksha Bandhan Today
The celebration has indeed evolved with time, with brothers gifting their sisters in return and mind you, there’s a tonne of sweets (imagine kaju katli) and desserts that are given around. In Hindi, they often say, “Muh meetha karo.” which translates to “sweeten the mouth” and everyone goes berzerk on pedas, sweet dishes and even chocolates!
Kaju katli (get the recipe here!)
Today, many siblings tie rakhis to each other and even to their parents, breaking the norm and celebrating love. Here’s how some of the celebs in India are making merry on Raksha Bandhan today. No matter where you are or what you’re onto do not forget to share a laugh with your beloved and of course indulge in good food and have a joyous day! ❤️