Celebrated with full enthusiasm in the lunar month of Shravana (July-August according to Gregorian calendar), Rakhi is a festival which salutes the purity of the relation of brother-sister and is much known to derive its origin from the legends: mythological as well as historical. On this occasion, girls tie threads (Rakhis) on the wrists of their brothers as a symbol of her love, care and wishes. Brothers on the other hand, make a promise to be with their sisters in every situation and protect them against the harshness of the world. The Rakhi is not a mere string but a symbol, a symbol of trust and reverence that siblings share with each other. And the festival, full of carnival spirit begins to show its effect many days prior to its advent.
The brothers start to plan in advance for what they are going to present their sisters with and sisters, start to work out on the ways as to how to make the more special for their brothers. Even the markets raise the festive spirit to a significant level by coming up with attractive Rakhis, sweets and eye-catching gift items. And then on the auspicious day, people get themselves ready and join in the last minute preparations and then letting themselves loose in the joyous celebrations. Sisters prepare the 'Rakhi Thali': a plate comprising of Rakhi threads, Kumkum powder, rice grains, earthen or metal lamp called Diya, incense sticks, and sweets. Once the family is gathered at the place of worship, a collective prayer is offered to the respective deities.
Afterwards, sister puts Tilak (Tika) of kumkum powder (or Roli) on the forehead of her brother, ties the Rakhi on his wrist, performs the Aarti and offers sweets. During the ritual she also prays for the well being and long life for her brother and receives an invisible promise from his brother to protect her against the wind of malevolence. Visibly, he presents his sister with tokens (Gifts and money) of love and care to make her day. On this day, brothers try their hearts out to be with their sisters but those who are unable to do so, celebrate it by sending/receiving Rakhis and gifts, and cherishing the bygone time. Albeit in different ways, almost all of India gets into the festive spirit and celebrate the festival will utmost zeal and emotions.