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Traditions and Customs of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is a festival dedicated to the love and affection between brothers and sisters. This pious relationship of Raksha Bandhan shared by brothers and sisters is celebrated on the Shravan Purnima that is the full moon day in the month of August. The festival of Rakhi is mainly celebrated in the northern part of India with great enthusiasm. People have a number of believes associated with this festival and thereby follow certain traditions and customs for Rakhi celebrations.

Tradition and customs associated with Rakhi involves tying of a rakhi. Rakhi is a thread tied by a sister on the right wrist of her brother. This rakhi thread is a bond of love between the two. Sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. In turn brothers promise their sisters to look after them and gift them rakhi presents.

Rakhi preparations start much before as sisters select rakhis for their brothers and a variety of rakhis can be seen in the markets. Special designed rakhis are also available and sisters select such rakhis, as this rakhi thread is a perfect way to show their love to brothers. Sweets shops also prepare various kinds of sweets for the festival of rakhi, as brothers are served with these sweets on the Rakhi day.

One can come across the real rakhi celebrations on the rakhi day when all the members of the family dress up in new clothes. Brothers and sister do-not eat until rakhi is tied and after this all the members are served with delicious meals and puddings.

Rakhi Puja involves preparing of the rakhi thali by sister that contains a rakhi thread, tikka, rice grains and sweet. Rakhi is tied on the right wrist of brother after the sister does tilak on the forehead of brother. Doing aarti of the brother is also a part of this tradition. The fast they both had kept since morning comes to an end when they both serve each other with rakhi sweets.

Sisters pray for long life of their brothers and brother in turn promise to take care of their sister. Rakhi presents are also gifted by brothers to their sisters as a token of love.

So follow the above rakhi customs and celebrate this festival in a traditional way.

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