RAKSHA BANDHAN 2019 is being celebrated across India and parts of South Asia today, marking the bond between brother and sister. Read on to find out more about this festival and its greetings.
In Sanskrit, Raksha Bandhan means “the bond of protection, obligation, or care.” During the festival, sisters will tie a talisman called a rakhi onto their brother’s wrist, praying for them to lead long lives. Brothers may give their sisters back gifts, and promise to protect their sisters. The festival is a commemoration of the ties between siblings, and there are a number of ways demonstrate this through greetings.
What is Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan is traditionally a Hindu festival, which celebrates brotherhood and love.
Historically, when a woman ties a rakhi around the hand of a man, it is his religious duty to protect her.
The period for tying rakhi is from 10.22am to 8.08pm, however it should be avoided between 1.06 to 3.20pm.
Rakhis are often made of silk thread, and can be adorned with stones.
When does Raksha Bandhan take place?
In the Hindu calendar, the festival of Raksha Bandhan takes place during the full moon month of Shraavana.
For those who use the Gregorian calendar, the festival normally falls in the month of August.
This year the festival is being celebrated on Thursday, August 15, having been celebrated on August 26 last year.
What greetings are there for Raksha Bandhan?
To commemorate the festive day, The Times of India has listed heartwarming quotes and greetings:
“On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I want to send all my love and good wishes to my dear sister who has always been my best friend!! Love for my sister!”
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“Today, on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the best brother of the World! Happy Raksha Bandhan to the best sister of the Universe!!”
“This Raksha Bandhan, I pray to God that you keep troubling me forever. I love you, my brother!”
“Happy Raksha Bandhan! We might never express how much we love each other, but deep down we both know that we cannot live without each other, even for a day.”
“Happy Raksha Bandhan! When mom tells us embarrassing stories from our childhood, I don’t remember anything. But one thing that I remember for sure is that I loved you then and I love you as much even now. Happy Raksha Bandhan!”
“We have changed a lot over the years, but one thing that has remained constant is our love for each other. It has only increased over time! Happy Raksha Bandhan!”