Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the last day of the Shravan maas to celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters. On Rakhi day, a sister ties a sacred thread called “Rakhi” on her brother’s wrist and in turn, her brother vows to protect his sister. Every year, all siblings in India celebrate this festival of Rakhi with love and enthusiasm. Both brothers and sisters exchange gifts and cherish their special bond on this day. Also known as Rakhi Festival or Rakhi Purnima, as it falls on the day of the full moon. This year, Raksha Bandhan falls on Monday, 03 August 2020.
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On Rakha Bandhan, the sisters tie Rakhi to their brothers and then the brothers show their love by presenting their sisters with gifts. Giving gifts to sisters on the Rakhi day 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 to a sister. But now, this tradition of giving cash has changed and has taken the form of gift items. These gifts can be anything from clothes to accessories, cosmetics, jewelry or electronic goods like phones or tablets.
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For siblings who live in different cities and can’t meet on this special day, the sisters 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 return gifts. For others, some of the most preferred gifts include practical items. People also send useful gifts like decoratives complimenting the house decor, jewelry 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. Brothers also send stuff toys as they are very much liked by young girls. Perfumes are another popular gift choice given on this auspicious day. Giving exclusive bracelets, wristwatches, jewelry with semi-precious stones, etc are evergreen rakhi return gifts for girls. One can also gift something new and unique that reminds you and your sister of your childhood days, the carefree, fun-filled, times spent together.
But before buying any gifts one should be very clear about the tastes and interests of your brother or sister. Always send the gift along with a packet of sweets or chocolates. Sweets and other sweet accompaniments are essentials for any festival celebration.