India's much awaited festival of Raksha Bandhan is approaching and its time to celebrate the eternal love between brother & sister. The morning of August 24, 2010 will mark the advent of Raksha Bandhan festival this year. This eternal festivity is celebrated by sisters all over the world praying for success and long lives of their brothers. The brothers in return promise their sisters to stand beside them throughout life. Sisters are presented with gifts, cash, chocolates etc and brothers also get sweets, gifts etc from their loving sisters. In recent times, exchange of Raksha Bandhan SMS, poems and quotes have also become popular.
Here is a glimpse to the festival of Raksha Bandhan in India.
Raksha Bandhan Celebrations
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is one of the most traditional festivals celebrated with great prompt and affection all over the world. It defines a special way of expressing love of a sister for her brother. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year a mid-August, on Shravan Purnima. The sister on this day prepares a special Raksha Bandhan thalis for pooja with diya, roli, chawal and rakhis. On the day of Rakhi, sisters tie colorful rakhi threads on their brother's wrists. The Raksha Bandhan thread signifies the sisterly love and sublime sentiments of a girl. The brothers in turn promise to protect their sisters in all circumstances and give them gifts.
Raksha Bandhan in History
The festival of Raksha Bandhan traces its origin back in Rajput era. The women of Rajput community used to tie a thread around the wrist of brave Rajput soldiers whenever they went for wars. This thread was meant for their protection in the battlefield. The practice included tying of a thread, after applying a dash of vermilion powder on soldiers forehead. This was considered a sign of good omen and the ladies believed that it would protect their men from the enemy's blow and bring them victory. This tradition is followed till date and is a an essential theory of facts on Indian culture.
Raksha Bandhan Gift Ideas for Sister
Soft Toys - For the younger sisters, teddies and dolls serve as one of the best gifts.
Fresh Flowers - A bunch of flowers is the best gift for any girl. So, transform this Rakhi into a fragrant occasion with beautiful flower bouquets.
Apparels - Apparels for girls like ethnic kurtis, tops, shirts, skirts, etc can be the most alluring gift item for your loving sister this Rakhi.
Jewelries - Girls are usually fond of jewelry, so choose the best jewelry item for your sister this Rakhi. Go for junk jewelry or the one that is made from gold, silver or some precious stones.
Decorative Items - Beautiful show pieces and home decorative items can be the best Rakhi gift idea for sisters.
Paintings - Gifting a painting of your sister's favorite actor, actress, holiday destinations etc will be a worth idea.
Sarees - Pick up a gracious Indian saree for your sister on this Raksha Bandhan to make it a traditional memory.
Raksha Bandhan Gift Ideas for Brothers
Chocolates, Sweets and Mithais - For those who are fond of sweets, there can be no better Rakhi gift than assorted chocolates.
Apparels - Make your brother look more attractive and handsome this Rakhi by gifting him the best apparel piece like shirts, t-shirts, trousers and many more.
Accessories - Select from a wide array of men's accessories like wrist watch, perfumes, bracelets, neck tie, shaving kits, etc and express your love to your brother.
Gadgets - For hi-tech brothers, what can be a better gift than electronic gadgets like mobiles, CDs, I-pods, etc.
Perfumes & Body Deodorants - Make the occasion of Rakhi special for your bhaiya by letting him be the cynosure at every place that they visit.
Set of Wrist Watches - Let your your brother inherit the power to stay ahead of time. Surprise him with exciting watches.
By : Saranjeet Singh