Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Celebrating "Raksha Bandhan" today...

Rakhi or Raksha is a sacred thread embellished with sister's love and affection for her brother. On the day of Raksha Bandhan sisters tie Rakhi on their brother's wrist and express their love for him. By accepting a Rakhi from a sister a brother gladly takes on the responsibility of protecting her sister. In Indian tradition the frail thread of Rakhi is considered stronger than iron chains as it binds brothers and sisters in an inseparable bond of love and trust.

Rakhi Festival holds immense significance in Indian cultural ethos. The custom of celebrating Rakhi started in Vedic times and even today brothers and sisters consider it must to celebrate the occasion in traditional manner. When brothers are away sisters send Rakhi to them and express their love. Accepting the Rakhi with grace brothers send Return gifts to their sister. This loving gesture goes a long way in strengthening brother sister relationship and building stronger family ties. The importance of Raksha Bandhan is same as Diwali festival in India.
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ambrosia Wed Aug 09, 01:13:00 PM GMT+5:30  

The photograph is fabulous. It makes me think how colourful our land is! Your brief on Rakhi is lovely and it brought back memories of how we, a group of women had redefined Rakhi several years ago expanding it beyond the brother-sister bond to a friendship bond and how to express that we had started tying threads on each other's wrists :) I am no longer associated with that group but I am sure the tradition continues.

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Kate Wed Aug 09, 03:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Wonderful colours!

Anonymous Wed Aug 09, 07:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  

What a beautiful photograph and such an interesting post. Thank you for describing the background so well. This is what I love about DP -- not just the photographs, but the fact that I am learning so much about other cultures.

Unknown Wed Aug 09, 10:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Thanks for the motivation, keeps me going!!

Curly Sun Aug 13, 07:09:00 PM GMT+5:30  

I'm new to Daily Photo and I'm enjoying looking around the other sites, I love the colours in this shot -vibrant!
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annulla Tue Aug 22, 03:15:00 AM GMT+5:30  

What a lovely tradition. The colors in your photo are fabulous!