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Raksha Bandhan Celebrations in India

Raksha Bandhan festival holds much importance among the different Indian festivals. Symbolizing the special bond of pious brother-sister love, rakhi is celebrated with much joy and vigor all over the country. The different customs and traditions, exchange of exquisite gifts and relishing sweets make the Raksha Bandhan celebrations in India all the more special.

People start making the arrangements much before the festival and even the markets get all ready for the celebrations. One can find many different types of rakhis adorning the shops adding to the gaiety of the celebrations. Even the sweet shops get flooded with people looking for mouth-watering sweets. The day starts with the sisters performing their brother's aarti, applying tika on their foreheads and tying the rakhi thread on their wrists. In return the brothers take the vow to take care of the sister for their whole life and showers gifts on her.

Raksha Bandhan is usually celebrated during the Hindu month of Shraavana, which according to the English calendar falls in the month of August. The word Raksha Bandhan are hindi words meaning ' the pious bond of love and protection'; Raksha meaning 'protection' while the word 'Bandhan' signifies 'bond'. The entire country celebrates this festival with much fun though in different forms. Northern India celebrates this festival in the form of Rakhi Purnima while in Western ghats, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by the name of Nariyal Purnima. In south, the festival is known by the name of Avani Avittam. Though the names and the celebrations of Raksha Bandhan are different, the customs are of various kinds but the essence of the festival remains the same.



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