Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan Festival was promoted by Rabindranath Tagore, to promote peace and unity among the people and for binding themselves in love and affection and since then, this festival is popular in India.
A festival of simple “thread” is celebrated, on the full moon day of Sharvan month according to Hindu calendar. The thread relates to sacred ritual of unconditional love of brother and sister which binds them together. It is the festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is tied on the wrist of right hand of brother by his beloved sister. It is believed that Rakhi is a sacred thread which guards against impending evils. In the modern era, the Rakhi festival is not limited to brothers and sisters; Rakhi is tied to neighbors and friends to increase the harmony in the social family.
And there comes the great dilemma of gift. A gift is to be received by the sister as a symbol of love. Do not greet your sister with money or sweets this year. Let’s celebrate this caring festival in different way.
Support Her In Her Ambitions
There are many girls in our society who are not supported for education and work. If this is the case in your family too, then keep backing her for her right to education, so that she will chase and fulfill her dreams. Make her independent.
Promise To Respect
With the increase in cases of rape and sexual harassment, promise her that you will respect other women too and thus eventually respect your sister. Assure her that you will fight for her in case of disrespect by any cause or human.
These small yet big things will change the outlook of the festival and culture. Let us celebrate Raksha Bandhan in a new light!
Happy Raksha Bandhan to all brothers and sisters!!