of Raksha Bandhan :
The festival of Rakhi is eagerly awaited by brothers and sisters in India.
On this day sisters fast till they complete the ceremonies of Rakhi.
Dutifully following the tradition, sisters apply red tilak on brother's
forehead, tie the most beautiful Rakhi or Raksha and perform an arti of him.
After this brother is given a small sweet to eat. The simple ceremony
symbolizes sister's sincerest prayers for the health and well being of their
brother. Brothers too bless their sisters and promise to protect their
sister's honor at the cost of their life. Brothers and sisters strive to
perform Rakhi ceremonies in person and in many families Rakhi is the time
for joyous family reunion. However, sisters who cannot manage to meet their
brother send Rakhi by post. The latest trend is to send E-Rakhi as more and
more brothers and sisters are hooked on to net.
Raksha Bandhan Celebrations :
Raksha Bandhan is a joyful family festival and its celebrations are sober
yet delightful. For siblings it is time to reflect and cherish the shared
memories of childhood and strengthen their relationship further into an
unshakable bond for life. Most cheerful part of Raksha Bandhan celebrations
is the exchange of gifts which take place. Sisters take it as their cultural
right to be pampered by best of Rakhi gifts or cash by their caring brothers
who are supposed to turn magnanimous on Rakhi. They themselves are showered
with affection, best wishes and loving Rakhi Gifts. Best of festive food is
relished by the family and relatives who join in to be a part of joyful