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Raksha Bandhan – August 11, 2022

Raksha Bandhan is observed on August 11 this year, and we’re here to show you how you can enjoy this celebration. Did you know that the festival of Raksha Bandhan can be found mentioned in texts that are 6,000 years old? Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister. Traditionally, the sister ties a sacred thread on the wrist of the brother. The brother gives his sister presents and takes an oath to protect her and keep her out of harm’s way at all times. The ritual is then followed by giving each other homemade sweets.

History of Raksha Bandhan

There are many stories revolving around the origin of Raksha Bandhan. One account tells that Raksha Bandhan might have started during the time of the “Mahabharata,” an epic poem and one of the two major events in Hindu mythology. The story dates back to an incident when Krishna cut his finger and Draupadi helped him.

Draupadi cut a piece of cloth from her saree and tied it around the wound to prevent further bleeding. After this act of sisterly love, Krishna pledged to protect her as a brother. The cloth later became a thread and a symbol of the bond between a brother and a sister.

There are other stories suggesting that Raksha Bandhan may have become popular in the third century when Alexander infuriated the Indian King Puru. Alexander’s wife, aware of the Raksha Bandhan festival, approached King Puru with a rakhi. King Puru then decided not to wage war against Alexander.

Some people say that the festival might have spread further in the 16th century when Rani (Queen) Karnavati of Chittor realized that she could not defend the castle against the invasion of Bahadur Shah (Gujrat), so she sent a bracelet to Mughal emperor Humayun.
Indians all over the world celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm. It is a day for families to come together and involves special prayers (‘puja’). It is considered an auspicious day.

Raksha Bandhan timeline

6000 B.C.
Raksha Bandhan is Born

Draupadi ties a piece of saree to Krishna's wound.

1500 A.D.
Raksha Bandhan Evolves

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by people of all religions.

1905
Mass Raksha Bandhan Celebrations

Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore encourages men and women to tie rakhi to unite people of different communities/religions, promote unity and spread hope.

2000s
Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan continues to be celebrated by millions of Indians all around the world.

Raksha Bandhan FAQs

Is Raksha Bandhan a public holiday?

Raksha Bandhan in India is not a public holiday and is an optional holiday. Some offices and schools declare a day off.

When can you take the rakhi off?

Though there are no specific rules as to when the rakhi should be taken off, it is suggested that the rakhi be taken off on the fifteenth day after Raksha Bandhan, the thanksgiving festival of Pola in Maharashtra.

Which hand is the rakhi tied on?

The rakhi is usually tied to the wrist of the right hand of the brother. However, it is not a strict rule.

How to Observe Raksha Bandhan

  1. Tie a rakhi

    It is time to be a good sister. Buy a rakhi from your nearest store or get it online. Take part in the ‘pooja’ (prayer) if you follow Indian traditions. Tie the rakhi on your brother's wrist. You can also put tilak (saffron powder) on your brother's forehead. Remember to collect your gift from your brother.

  2. Share it on social media

    Let everyone know the importance of this day. Take pictures of you tying a rakhi on your brother's wrist and share them online. You can also write posts, encouraging others to take part in the celebrations.

  3. Make traditional Indian sweets

    There are many Indian sweets you can make. Try making ladoos, jalebis, gulab jamun, rasmalai, or kaju katli. You can also buy them if you have a sweet shop that sells these Indian sweets.

5 Facts About Rakhi That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. They are made with different materials

    Rakhis are made of threads of cotton, silk, satin, etc.

  2. They come in different types

    Rakhis come in different forms like beaded rakhis, bracelet types, pearl rakhis, and zari work rakhis.

  3. There are rakhis for different purposes

    Lumba rakhis are tied by women to their sisters-in-law.

  4. They are mostly in Kolkata

    The city of Kolkata, India produces the highest number of rakhis in the country.

  5. Rakhis are given to devotees too

    In Jainism, the temple priest might give rakhis to devotees on Raksha Bandhan.

Why Raksha Bandhan is Important

  1. It celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister

    There aren't many festivals in the world that celebrate the relationship of a brother and a sister. Raksha Bandhan provides an opportunity for brothers and sisters to celebrate their affection and do something for each other.

  2. It gives us a chance to spend time with family

    This day brings everyone in the family closer. The day begins with poojas, the preparation of traditional delicacies, and spending time with family.

  3. It is a day of learning

    This day allows us to learn about different cultures and traditions. For people who are not familiar with Raksha Bandhan, it is an excellent opportunity to learn and participate in the event and experience something out of the ordinary.

Raksha Bandhan dates

YearDateDay
2022August 11Thursday
2023August 30Wednesday
2024August 19Monday
2025August 8Friday
2026August 28Friday

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