Happy Rakhi Sappu !
Every year around this time in August, Indian & Punjabi families celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters. This is called ‘Raksha Bandhan’ or ‘Bond of Protection’.
The celebration is kicked off by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift(money is usually given) to his sister and vows to always look after her. Then, they feed each other sweets (either traditional Indian/Punjabi candy or even chocolates)
It is not necessary that the rakhi be given only to a blood brother. In fact, any male can be “adopted” as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, irrespective of whether he is a cousin or a good friend.
Indian history is replete with women asking for protection, through rakhi, from men who were not their brothers, nor of same religion themselves. The most significant evidence of this is the story of Rani Karnavati, a hindu Princess and the Mughal Emperor Humayun who was a Muslim.
This dates back to the medieval era when wars frequently occurred between the Rajputs, Mughals & Sultans. When Rani Karnawati, the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could not defend the invasion by the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor, touched by this gesture of sisterly love immediately set off with his troops to defend Chittor’s honour.
Amazing isn’t it, how a simple thread can mean so much?
In our household, Raksha Bandhan is considered an important and significant celebration, just as significant as any other celebration or festival. Of course, there is no party or fuss about it unlike most celebrations but the size of a celebration does not make any festivity more significant than the other; it is the purpose of the celebration that matters most.
The tray with the rakhi and sweets,
On 13 Aug2011, This full moon day our hearts are in brim Feeling of faith and serenity in mind. We light the lamps and our hears glow Radiance of happiness and peace are in flow. Harmonious homes are like streams of joy Flowing and flourishing the landscape en route. Nobility in heart and character in deed Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State. Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers Abiding them to do only what is right and clean. Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.
A Sister Like You Someone who will understand Who knows the way I feel In every situation Her concern is very real Someone who has walked my ways Who knows my every need Times when she would see me cry Her heart would nearly bleed Everyone should have a sister Just the way I do Richly blessed is what I am To have a sister like you A Sister is Forever by Bruce B. Wilmer A sister’s a sister forever, A bond that diminishes never, A friend who is kindly and caring, A sibling God chooses for sharing. Few ties as deep and profound And with so much affection abound Though some thoughts are seldom expressed Love endures and survives every test. Of the constants that rest in the heart, A sister’s a primary part. She’ll always be there when you need her- You listen, you value, you heed her. As growth, independence you ponder, Your feelings grow deeper and fonder; And life tells you one thing that is true: A sister’s a large part of you.
Happy Raksha Bandhan Sappu ! Sappu I need a Bracelet this time & your gift is ” A Surprise ” ! 🙂