Rakshabandhan: the Tradition of Exchanging Gifts


Raksha Bandhan is on 15th August 2019. The beautiful Rakhi festival is celebrated in the holy month of Shravan to celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters. On Rakhi Festival- Raksha Bandhan day, a sister ties a sacred thread called “Rakhi” on her brother’s wrist and in turn, her brother vows to protect his sister with a Rakhi Gift.

Every year, all siblings in India celebrate this Rakhi Festival- Raksha Bandhan with love and enthusiasm. Both brothers and sisters exchange Rakhi gifts and cherish their special bond on this day of Raksha Bandhan.

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The tradition of Rakhi Gifts on Raksha Bandhan

Tradition of Gifts

On Raksha Bandhan, the sisters tie Rakhi to their brothers and then the brothers show their love by presenting their sisters with Rakhi gifts. Giving Rakhi gifts to sisters on the Rakhi day- Raksha Bandhan is one of the oldest traditions. This tradition of Rakhi gifts has its own significance among siblings as this is seen as a token of love which further strengthens the bond of love between a brother and sister. Mostly cash is given as a return Rakhi gift in Raksha Bandhan to a sister. But now, this tradition of giving cash has changed and has taken the form of Rakhi gift items. These Rakhi gifts can be anything from clothes to accessories, cosmetics, jewellery or electronic goods like phones or tablets and are more like return presents on Raksha Bandhan.

For siblings who live in different cities and can’t meet on this special day of Raksha Bandhan, the sister’s send Rakhi in the form of a greeting card along with kumkum or vermillion for tilak. The brothers then send toys, flowers, chocolates, clothes, as rakhi gifts. For others, some of the most preferred Rakhi gifts on Raksha Bandhan include practical items. People also send useful Rakhi gifts on Raksha Bandhan like decorative complimenting the house decor, jewellery boxes, clothes or any other items that the brother feels will be of use for the sister.

Gold souvenirs are the current trend in Rakhi gifts in the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. On Raksha Bandhan, Brothers also send stuff toys as they are very much liked by young girls as Rakhi Gifts. Perfumes are another popular Rakhi gift choice given on this auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan. Giving exclusive bracelets, wrist watches, jewellery with semi-precious stones, etc are evergreen rakhi gifts for girls. One can also gift on Raksha Bandhan something new and unique that remind you and your sister of your childhood days, the carefree, fun filled, times spent together.

But before buying any Rakhi gifts on Raksha Bandhan, one should be very clear about the tastes and interests of your brother or sister. Always send the Rakhi gift along with a packet of sweets or chocolates. Sweets and other sweet accompaniments are essentials of any festival celebration and so in Raksha Bandhan.

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