Did you know why is Rakhi Celebrated ? When is Rakhi ? What all are its significance?

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Rakhi is celebrated with full enthusiasm and energy around the corner in India. It is one of the most prominent festivals celebrated in India for a couple of thousand years! Yes, Rakhi has its own history that takes us to the times of thousands of years ago. It is not just about a knot tied on the brother’s hand by his beloved sisters but it is much more than that. Rakhi is basically meant for strengthening the purest bond on the earth that is of a brother’s and his sister’s.

When is Rakhi Celebrated? 
Rakhi, also known as Rakshabandhan or “Rakhri” falls every year on the poornima of shravan month according to the Hindi calendar. This is it is going to be on 18th of August (as per the English calendar). People (generally all the sisters) starts preparing for it about two weeks early.

Significance of Rakhi:
Not only blood related siblings and cousins celebrate Rakhi with each other but also the biologically unrelated or “mouth-spoken” brothers and sisters celebrate Rakhi together. When a sister tie a knot (Rakhi) on her brother’s wrist, that knot or Rakhi is meant to protect the brother figure from all kind of obstacles and tough situations in his life, apart from this, the brother figures pledges to protect his sister from all kinds of negativity and toxic circumstances to be coming in her life. After tying the knot and offering sweets to him, the sister figure expects a gift from her brother and the brother figure has to please and satisfy her with his gifts for sister.

History of Rakshabandhan:
The history involves lots of Hindu gods and goddesses that includes Shachi, the wife of Indra dev and Lord Vishnu. It also includes King Bali and Goddess Laxmi, Santoshi Maa, Krishna and Draupadi, Yama and Yamuna and many others. Earlier, women tied Rakhi on Men’s hands to protect them from the brutal war and its consequences and the festival of Rakhi was not limited to Brothers and Sisters.

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