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Raksha Bandhan 2017 : India is gearing up for the date to celebrate Rakhi

Raksha Bandhan 2017 : India is gearing up for the date to celebrate Rakhi
Written by Shilpi Gupta

Raksha Bandhan (rakhi) 2017 will be celebrated on the date 7 August 2017. It is a Hindu festival celebrated in all most everywhere in India. It is also celebrated in Nepal. The meaning of Raksha Bandhan is ‘Bond of Protection’. According to Hindu calendar, it comes in Shravan month. This festival shows, the love, and duty between brothers and sisters. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan sister visits to her brother’s house apply kumkum and rice grains on his forehead and do puja of his brother and tie rakhi on brother’s hand. Brother gives her gifts and a promise to protect her.

In Jammu, people fly kites on the Raksha Bandhan and Janmashtami. The sky filled with kites of all shapes and sizes.In Punjab, Haryana and other states of north India Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as sister tie rakhi on their brother’s hand and they also do puja and prepare kheer. Also, school and colleges organize various function and competition to celebrate this festival. In Maharashtra, this festival is celebrated along with Narali Poornima. According to the Maharashtra people, coconuts were thrown into the sea as offerings to Lord Varuna (Hindu God of Sea) and fishermen prayers to Lord Varuna. The girls and women tie rakhi on their brother’s wrist.

In West Bengal and Odisha, Raksha Bandhan is also called as ‘Jhulan Purnima’. Their people do prayers and puja of Lord Krishna and goddess Radha. Sisters tie Rakhi to brothers and wish for his long life.In Nepal, Raksha Bandhan is known as Janai Purnima or Rishi tarpani and involves a sacred thread ceremony. The Hindu men change the thread they wear around their chests (Janai).  Girls and women tie rakhi on their brother’s wrists as it celebrates in India

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Shilpi Gupta

Food Technologist by Profession and Blogger by Destiny. love to write articles on food technology, spirituality and social issues.