Often marriage anniversaries, father's day, mother's day, or even April fool's day are specially earmarked to celebrate the occasions with much preparedness and gusto. Somewhere in the midst of these celebrations is one calendar event that is worth for a special mention and should be kept close to our hearts; its Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan. Physically Rakhi may seem to be a mere ornamental string, but the immense intangible love and prayer that it carries can only be fathomed if you observe and understand its importance. Mainly practiced by the Hindu community, Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is dedicated to cherish and nurture the love between brother and sister. They exchange gifts, prepare delicious sweets and enjoy the festive season with fun and frolic. These little activities in a festival like Rakhi make up for a great occasion to rejoice the brother-sister relationship. This occasion is also eagerly awaited by married sisters as it gives them the chance to reunite with their brothers. The ceremony is performed by tying the sacred thread to brother's wrist along with a prayer for his well being and protection. Brothers also promise to protect their sisters from all the evils of life. Let us know more about the celebrations of this August occasion.
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan falls during the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) in the month of Shravan, the fifth month of Hindu calendar. This day corresponds with the July or August month according to the Gregorian calendar. In 2018, Rakhi will fall on Sunday, August 26th.
The rituals and customs followed in Rakhi are simple. Family members wake up early in the morning and take bath to cleanse their minds and souls. Sisters prepare special delicacies for the occasion along with their mothers. Then the traditional Rakhi puja thali is arranged that consists of tilak, diya, rakhi, rice, saffron, and other customary puja items.
Rakhi is tied on the brother's wrist followed by a tika that is anointed on his forehead. At the end an arti and prayer is performed for the protection and well being of the brother. The brother in appreciation reciprocates the love of his sister with gifts and promise to look after her through every thick and thin. The simple ceremony symbolizes the forever bond of love and care between brother and sister, thus makes sure that the relationship remains ever so strong.
The occasion is observed with festive spirit and there is a general ambience of joy and harmony. The elders of the family watch the ceremony and guide sisters to perform the traditional customs. After the ceremony every body gather to savour the special dishes cooked for the occasion.
Across the country, the festival of Rakhi is celebrated with different names. In North India, the festival is known as Raksha Bandhan. It is also known as Nariyal Poornima or Coconut Full Moon along the Malabar region. In southern India Rakhi is known as Avani Avittan; the occasion marks the special occasion of "Upakarmam". Among the Brahmins, the festival of Rakhi is also known as Balev. On this occasion the Brahmins change their sacred threads.
Raksha Bandhan Date From 2016 to 2025
2016 : 18th August
2017 : 7th August
2018 : 26th August
2019 : 15th August
2020 : 3rd August
2021 : 22nd August
2022 : 11th August
2023 : 30th August
2024 : 19th August
2025 : 9th August
Rakhi falls on Shravan Poornima according to Hindu calendar. Find out Rakhi date in 2018 according to Gregorian calendar.