Sunday, August 23, 2015

Festival of Raksha Bandhan

Missing my Indian festivals a lot

August 29 is Raksha Bandhan an Indian festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.

On this day sisters tie a Rakhi (a sacred thread) on their brother's wrist. It symbolises a sister's love and prayers for the well-being off her brother and her brother's lifelong vow to protect her. Hence Raksha - to protect   Bandhan - to tie.

I haven't celebrated this festival for a long time as my brother and I live in different countries. But when we were together in India, I would tie a rakhi on his wrist and give him his favourite sweet (chocolate or cake) and he would give me a gift, usually money.

I think this is a beautiful tradition that brings brothers and sisters closer and reinforces the loving bond that siblings have.

I think the tradition originated sometime in the 1500s when soldiers went to war, their families tied a sacred thread to bless them for success and thereby protect the families and villages.

Raksha Bandhan is one of my favourite festivals and I miss it a lot.

a virtual rakhi for my brother which I will send to him next weekend

Some fragments for Friday though it is now Sunday :)

Updating my CV - less is more is my mantra for it and I've been culling a lot from it. It's looking pretty good now.

Each time my son's assignment hand in date nears, I wonder if it's my test or his.

Winter is nearly over and I am looking forward to some warmer days. It's been so cold lately.

Hope you all had a great week.

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  1. What a lovely festival . . . my culture has these days very few festivals celebrating family, friendship and life. We miss out.

  2. Sent in my rakhi early this year...phew!
    Wishing you a great week, Suzi and hope you get to complete your to-do list.

    Pleasure to have you on board

  3. That's fascinating traddition. Now I'm in NY, and my sisters are in NC and California

  4. What a BONDING exercise I shall try it with my sister !
    lovely writing again.

    Best wishes,

  5. What a beautiful way to get families closer #Fridayreflections

  6. Firstly my apologies for a late comment, i have been far to busy repairing my blog after a moval from one host to another... and taking care of other things that needed to be taken care of since my husband and i have health issues at the same time.

    Being Dutch i ofcourse do not know antything about your traditions etc but i agree with you that we should honour them because they do good things for us all

    have a nice weekend

    Melody (abc-w-team)


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