The relationship between siblings is something great. The bondage will continue lifelong. The bond of love between a brother and a sister is deepest and cannot be expressed in words.
In South India, on Garuda panchami day, sister prays for the welfare of the brother and the brother gives some gift to the sister. In the same way, “Rakhi” or “Raksha Bandhan” is celebrated in North India.
On this special occasion the sister ties rakhi, around the wrist of the brother, after praying for his safety and wellness. Rakhi or Raksha means protection. The brother assures to protect the sister from all the evils by accepting this bond and gives her gift. The family members used to unite for this function.
This festival is celebrated in the month of shravana on the poornima day. Those who are close family friends, can also tie rakhi to show the affection. By this, the social wellbeing is maintained.
I want to share an interesting news about Raksha Bandhan. When British were ruling India, Rabindranath Tagore tried to create a brotherhood feeling between the hindus and the muslims, so that they can fight against British unitedly. In Shantiniketan he arranged for “Rakshabandhan Mahotsava”.
This festival actually helped to create harmony and trust between hindus & muslims. Even now, it is very essential to continue this practice as this festival holds the key to peaceful existence of love and friendship among mankind irrespective of caste or creed.