Raksha Bandhan 2020: Significance, history of the festival

Raksha Bandhan: This year the festival of Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 3. As the name suggests, Raksha Bandhan means a bond of protection. This festival is celebrated by all the brothers and sisters where a sister ties a rakhi around her brother's wrist, in return, he gives her blessings and promises to protect her throughout.

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Raksha Bandhan 2020: Significance, history of the festival

Raksha Bandhan: This year the festival of Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 3. As the name suggests, Raksha Bandhan means a bond of protection. This festival is celebrated by all the brothers and sisters where a sister ties a rakhi around her brother’s wrist, in return, he gives her blessings and promises to protect her throughout.

It is expected that Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 3. The festival is all about the love brothers and sisters share. On this day, the sister puts tilak on her bothers forehead and then tie a rakhi around his wrist. It should be noted that this ritual has been continued for years and Raksha Bandhan affirms the love siblings share with each other.

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However, the sister gets some gifts from her brother. In India, the festival is celebrated with much excitement, this festival makes brothers and sisters bond stronger and they understand why is it important to celebrate it.

History of Raksha Bandhan

The festival is celebrated on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shravan. It is believed that during Mahabharata Draupadi tied a rakhi on Krishna’s wrist and in return, he promised to protect her all his life. Draupadi also helped Krishna while his hand was bleeding by using a piece of her sari as a bandage.

Back in 1905, Rabindranath Tagore asked people of different religions to celebrated this festival as it encourages love and harmony as Britishers were trying to divide the people.

It is believed that the best time to tie a Rakhi is in the afternoon which is during Aparahna or Pradosh time period. However, it should the rituals should not take place during the Bhadra phase as it is the time of negative energies.

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