Happy Raksha Bandhan!

Devi Manasa, who is sister of Lord Ganesh, tying Rakhi to her brother Shree Ganesh

Raksha Bandhan in 2017 is on Monday, the 7th of August (7/8/2017).

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in Shravana month during full moon day or Purnima day.

The name Raksha Bandhan means “the bond of protection”. The festival (also known as Rakhi) celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. During the festival, sisters tie a rakhi (a holy thread) around their brothers wrist. The brother in return vows to look after his sister, and offers her a gift.

The best time to tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan is during Aparahna, which is late afternoon according to Hindu division of the day. If Aparahna time is not available then Pradosh time is also suitable to perform the Raksha Bandhan rituals. http://www.when-is.com/raksha-bandhan-2017.asp

Often called Rakhi for short, is a festival observed worldwide by Hindus – and some Jains.

All about celebrating love and duty between brothers and sisters, the festival’s complete name means “bond of protection”.

One thing I especially like about this festival is that it is also a day to honor friendships between people with a brother-sister bond, but who aren’t actually related. These relationships are very dear to many of us, especially those who do not have a blood brother or sister.

Brothers and sisters will share gifts and take part in a short ritual celebration to mark their appreciation for one another.

Sisters will tie a sacred thread, the rakhi, on their brothers’ wrist to symbolise their love and best wishes. Brothers in turn give their sisters a small gift and promise to her their protection.

In India, Rakhi is more widely celebrated than in the West. It is also largely celebrated  in Mauritius and Nepal.

The morning of the festival, after a short ritual, and with the family gathered, brothers and sisters exchange gifts in front of a lit candle. The sister ties a sacred thread, around her brother’s wrist which she may have bought or made herself.

Once the thread, or rakhi, has been tied, the sister will say a prayer for her brother’s well being, and then, he gives her a gift to symbolize his love.

In some communities, the brother and sister will then feed each other, before being congratulated by their gathered family members.