Greetings on Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi – 15 August 2019
What does Raksha Bandhan mean?
The Hindi word Raksha means to protect, care, or safeguard; for example to protect the country, parents, family, relationships etc. The word Bandhan means bonding, binding or commitment; for example, bonding with parents, friends, siblings, children etc.
Raksha Bandhan is a sacred relationship between a brother and a sister. Some regard Raksha Bandhan as for a brother to uphold a protective commitment, promising duty or responsibility towards their respective sister/s. Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is regarded as one of the purest and powerful bonds.
What is Rakhi?
In a sense, Rakhi and Raksha Bandhan mean the same, and these words are used interchangeably. Raksha Bandhan is often abbreviated as Rakhi. For example, in a sentence, a person may say:”I am looking forward to meeting my sister on Rakhi” or “I am looking forward to meeting my sister on Raksha Bandhan”. Rakhi may be regarded as a sacred symbol of protective or caring promise between the brother-sister.
In another sense or reference, Rakhi also refers to the sacred thread, amulet or talisman that a girl or sister of any age, ties on the wrist of her brother/s on the occasion or day of Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi.
What types of Rakhi, threads or talisman should be tied?
Generally, red colored-Rakhi is considered auspicious. But any color or multi-colored fancy Rakhi may be used. Many use designer Rakhis. These days, many innovative Rakhis are made, such as floral, musical, embroidered etc.
What is the purpose of Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi? Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi marks the sacred relationship between a brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is the promise that the brother vows and makes to protect his sister through life. The occasion can also mean a time for brother-sister to meet, and greet and cherish the sibling relationship.
Who can or should observe Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi?
It is not necessary for any brother-sister to have a blood relation to bond in the sacred relationship. Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is like a promise between two persons for the commitment of protection. In rare cases, especially when a girl does not have a brother, she may tie a Rakhi to her father, uncle or brother-in-law etc.
Where is Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi observed?
Raksha Bandhan aka Rakhi is observed primarily in the Indian and Nepalese communities. However, the observance of Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi has spread in many parts of the world.
When is Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi observed?
Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is observed once every year. Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi falls in the month of Gregorian July end or August period. The date of Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is determined according to the Hindu lunar calendar, therefore it may vary in every Gregorian-Julian year.
Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is observed on the last day of the holy Hindu lunar month of Sawan or Shravana. In 2019, Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is falling on the 15th of August, and in this year it is coinciding with India’s Independence Day.
Is Raksha Bandhan a holiday in India?
Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi is not a gazetted holiday in India. However, if Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi falls on a working day, it is accepted in many offices that many may arrive a little late at office or leave office or work a little early. Many brothers and-or sisters plan or time their leave according to the Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi schedule.
How is Raksha Bandha, Rakhi observed or celebrated?
Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi marks the coming together of brothers and sisters. Sisters tie the sacred thread or talisman around the brothers’ wrists. Many sisters offer traditional sweets or in the modern-times chocolates to their brothers. Some perform basic prayer for the wellbeing of their brothers.
Many prepare delicious meals or hold a get-together, family reunion or party in the honor of the occasion. Generally, brothers give return gifts to their sisters. In the modern-day, some brothers treat their sisters to meals, outings, movie, shopping, or order gifts online etc.
In the modern-day, those sisters who are unable to meet their brothers and vice-versa, in person or face-to-face, often courier the Rakhi to their brothers, such as those living in different cities, countries etc. Many leverage the online or e-commerce sites and order the Rakhi. In fact, Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi accounts for very high sales in Indian traditional sweets, chocolates, confectionaries, jewelry, clothes, apparel, etc in this short duration of time.
How are siblings and Astrology connected?
Astrology covers all aspects of life, including relationships. In Astrology, each planet is assigned with particular relationship/s. Generally, the planet Mercury is seen for aspects related to sisters, e.g., their happiness in a native’s life. However, Mercury is also at times interpreted for daughter, and aunts in relations.
In a male’s horoscope birth chart, Mercury is interpreted for the happiness, wellbeing etc of the sister. In a female’s horoscope birth chart, Mars is interpreted for the happiness, wellbeing etc of the brother.
In the horoscope birth chart’s 12 Houses, the 3rd House is seen for the welfare and other aspects related to younger brother or sister. The 11th House is seen for elder brother or sister.
A Mantra for the planet Mercury is -
Om Budhaye Namah
ॐ बुधाय नम:
Date Published : 06 Aug 2019