Raksha Bandhan:   Bond of Love between a brother and a sister











By Manju Mittal

India is known as the land of festivals. Raksha Bandhan is one such celebrated festivals of India which  is celebrated on Poornima (Full moon day) of Shravan month.   Raksha Bandhan is a festival for celebrating brotherhood and sibling bonding; this day is celebrated with enthusiasm and vigour all over the world by Indian brothers  and sisters, a unique festival that celebrates the love and bond between them. It  signifies everlasting love, emotions and eternal bonding between brothers and sisters. Not only that the festival denotes love and protection even when one is not related, at  times it is used to assuage any bitter feelings between warring parties or just plain simple offering of a hand of friendship between people, businesses or nations.

”˜Raksha’ means protection and ”˜Bandhan’ means bond, it portrays pure love between siblings. This festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi (Holy thread) by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her.

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We miss our families and friends presence largely, especially when it is time to celebrate festivals. It’s been 30 years since I moved to Australia, every year during Rakhi festival, getting all emotional and missing my brothers. I learnt to celebrate Rakhi in Sydney with the fact that we are living here far from family and I miss the fact that I haven’t been able to tie a rakhi on my brother’s wrist since so many years. Living abroad can be painful, particularly during festival time.

Indians who have  migrated to overseas have kept intact their traditions, culture and customs such as Rakhi, Holi and Diwali. The inculcation of technology has changed our lives to a great extent, with the advent of internet, now-a-days sending Rakhi has become very much easy and convenient.

Wherever you are whether near or far from your loved ones, we wish you a Happy Raksha Bandhan filled with memories of happiness of sibling bonds of love that can cross any distance.

“Phoolon ka taaron ka sabka kehna hai, ek hazaro mein meri behna hai’.

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