Things to Follow this Raksha Bandhan
We always stay excited for Raksha Bandhan as it is a festival of a lot of sweet moments. It celebrates the love between a brother and sister and rejoices the bonding of a family. There are certain steps we should follow in order to bring in positive energies into the family. Below mentioned is the simple step by step guide for celebrating Raksha Bandhan.
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Early Bath (Raksha Bandhan)
Both brother and sister have to get up early on the day of Raksha Bandhan and take a bath.
Fasting (Raksha Bandhan)
It is customary for the sister to not eat anything till she ties the rakhi.
Raksha Bandhan Thali
A thali has to be decorated with all the essential items in it. The thali should contain a rakhi, lamp, sweets, tilak, and rice.
Traditional Tilak (Raksha Bandhan)
As the start of the ritual, the sister has to put the tilak (Vermillion ) and rice on the forehead of the brother.
Aarti (Raksha Bandhan)
Then it is followed by Aarti which is said to bring in positive vibes.
Tying Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan)
After that, she ties the rakhi on his Brother’s wrist.
The brother and sister traditionally feed each other sweets.
The brother has to give gifts in return to his sister.
He also has to promise that he would take care of her in every situation in life.
The sister cooks favorite dishes of her brother. (which is optional) 😛
Hidden beneath the traditional tying of the knot for protection, is a deep and relevant meaning that is carried on from ancient times in India. In addition to conveying the love a sister has for her brother and vice versa, the occasion spreads the message of harmonious family ties. At the same time, all responsible individuals should strive to nurture brotherly and sisterly feelings towards each other and live in harmonious coexistence with each other.
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Even though one may not be related as brothers and sisters by blood, people should develop the strength to respect each other by nurturing noble thoughts towards each other. Therefore, members of the extended family, cousins, friends, and individuals with brotherly feelings also heartily participate on this occasion.