Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan Festival is devoted to the bonding of love between brother and sister. In the olden days saints tie rakhis or holy thread to the people who came to them for blessings.
Its fame arose after the widowed queen of Chittor, Rani Karnavati. Once she needed a help and sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor, Humayun. From that day Raksha Bandhan festival became popular. In South it is called as Rakhi Purnima.
According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar the festival occurs on the full moon day of Shravan month, usually in the month of August. It is celebrated mainly by people of North India.
The word “Raksha” means protection. It is the day when the girls decorate the Rakhi plate, worship for the long life of their brothers, tie rakhi or holy thread on the wrist of their brothers and offer him sweets. The brothers in turn, promise to protect her and give her gifts or money.Category: August, India