In Sanskrit, the word “Raksha Bandhan” literally means “the Tie of Protection” or “the Knot of Protection”. It is the ancient festivals of the Hindus mainly observed in the Indian sub-continent. It is celebrated to express the love between the brothers and sisters.
Sisters tie a knot on the wrist of their brothers and perform the Rakhi ceremony. Then, sisters make prayers for the health and for the long-life of their brother. Brothers, in turn, in give them some gifts and sweets and make vows to protect their sisters under any circumstances.
Rakhi ceremony is observed on the Full Moon Day, also known as Purnima Day, in the month of Sravana which falls in the month of August of every year.
Raksha Bandhan is also known as in many parts of India as Rakhi Purnima or Rakhi. Mainly, Hindu brothers and sisters celebrate this festival, but it is also observed by Jain and Sikhs. This festival represents or signifies the love and the duty between brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters are supposed to be in position to demand anything from their brothers. When a girl ties a rakhi on the wrist of a man, he gets the rare privilege of acting the part of her brother.
Now-a day, girls tie a Rakhi band not only to her biologically related brothers, also cousins and others men whom she treats as her brother. Rakhi festival celebration is an occasion of fun and enjoyment because the family comes together and lot of tasty dishes and sweets are prepared.
Rakhi festival has a lot of significance in Indian culture. It is being celebrated since ancient times with special emotions of love. During past times, the Queens used to send the sacred threads of rakhi to their neighbouring rulers as a symbol of brotherhood.