Friday, 3 August 2012

Raksha Bandhan-The Indian festival of bonding brother and sister relation

In India cousins whether male or female all are treated as Brother or Sister, a perfect example of bonding between the family ties since inception of relationships. Another example of this kind of family bonding between brother and sister could be found by a festival celebrated in India called Raksha Bandhan.This festival is mainly observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Muslims in India.

Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection) is a festival primarily observed in India and Nepal, which celebrates the relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters. It is also called Rakhi Purnima in most of India. It is also celebrated in some parts of Pakistan.The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs and some Muslims.The central ceremony involves the tying of a Rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her.

Rakhi's which are tied on brother's wrist by her sister
The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, which comes in many colors and designs, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her as she presents sweets to him. The brother usually presents his sister with an envelope filled with money however, other presents such as saris and clothing can be given. The brother and sister traditionally feed one another sweets. These sweets include anything from Jalebi, Kaju Katli, and Burfi. Since north Indian kinship practices give cousins a status similar to siblings, girls and women often tie the rakhi to their male cousins as well (referred to as "cousin-brothers" in regional parlance) in several communities. Unrelated boys and men who are considered to be brothers (munh-bola bhai or adopted brothers) can be tied rakhis, provided they commit to a lifelong obligation to provide protection to the woman or girl.


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