It’s Rakhi Day – The Rakshabandhan (An indian festival which celebrates the bond between a brother & sister, wherein the sister ties a sacred thread on her brother’s wrist, while the brother promises to protect his sister and take care of her at all times in return)
It is a very sacred festival I believe, as it is meant to strengthen the bond between brothers & sisters. They may be siblings or even cousins 🙂 This day every year, I tie a Rakhi to Harnoor’s wrist and I always fondly wait for this festival for various reasons altogether. He is a gem in my life. This post, I am dedicating to him as he is one sole reason why I am able to celebrate this festival with so much zeal. Second reason of course being that I much adore him 🙂 giggle*
Okay I will write a quick interpretation as to how the Rakhi celebrations are done over here in the northern part of India. Especially the way I have been seeing this festival being celebrated.
Okay to begin with, I think they are actually the local shops which create a buzz about this festival, when it is around the corner. At least a month prior to the festival, these shops start displaying Rakhi threads in their shelf areas. These sacred threads are kept for sale in different designs, colors, patterns, shapes and styles.. They look beautiful hanging in there or lying so organised in a box, all in a row. Then there are different Rakhis for different age groups too. For the kids they have those spectacular Rakhis with musical cartoons, colors, ping pongs, thermal balls, bling-bling and what not !
It is awesome to visit the shops stored with loads and loads of rakhis all over in the market. It is mostly like you may go to buy maybe 3 or 4 Rakhis however you end up buying around 10 in not much a time 😉 That’s the specialty ! Or maybe the overflowing sisterly love to tie multiple rakhis on their brother’s wrist.
Then there are plethora of Cadbury’s Celebration Chocolate packs specifically designed and stocked for the festival. Dairy Milk chocolates, nutties, gems, all yumm yummm is up there stored nicely in super delectable packing. It is a general sweet ritual that the brothers gift their loving sisters with sweets and money 🙂 It’s a yayyy day for sisters 😀
This festival has an important charm and is celebrated with happiness yet all the seriousness in different communities of India, according to their tradition and rituals. If I talk about myself, every year this day begins smilingly my side and I tie a sacred thread to my bothers’ wrist. At least a week before the Rakshabandhan Day, I visit the shops to pick up the most beautiful rakhis for my brothers who happen to promise to protect and take care of me at all time 😉
I also get delicious sweets for them which I offer them after tying them Rakhi. The tiny little kid inside me already starts jumping while expecting them to gift me a big box of cadbury dairy milk chocolate each ! 😀 Then There is a photo session. I would cover my head, tie the rakhi, get the blessings, gifts, chocos, shagun and end the awesome day with a photo session. Some pictures are shared in the post too !
It is a happy time to call off ! Will be back soon with more fun.
Till then, Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling. Wish you a very Happy Rakhi. God Bless.