Rakshabandhan: the Tradition of Exchanging Gifts
Raksha Bandhan is on 7th August 2017. The beautiful festival of Rakhi is celebrated in the holy month of Shravan 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.
The tradition of Gifts
On Rakhi day, 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 gift can be anything from clothes to accessories, cosmetics, jewellery or electronic goods like phones or tablets.
For siblings who live in different cities and can’t meet on this special day, 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 return gifts. For others, some of the the most preferred gifts include practical items. People also senduseful gifts like decoratives 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. 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, wrist watches, jewellery with semi-precious stones, etc are evergreen rakhi return gifts for girls. One can also gift 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 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 of any festival celebration.