~ Celebrating RAKSHA BANDHAN ~


INTRODUCTION – Celebrating Raksha Bandhan with Trishana Ramphal & Ashveer Ramphal

The festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated by Hindus around the world on 18 August 2016. Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. The name ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘a bond of protection’. On this auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harm and trouble and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil. The ritual begins with a sister performing veneration for her brother, and thereafter she dots her brother’s forehead. She then ties a sacred thread, known as a ‘Rakhi’, on his right wrist and sweetens his mouth. In return, her brother promises to take care of his sister under all circumstances and usually presents her with a gift. The rituals performed on ‘Raksha Bandhan’ may differ from place to place, but they carry the same aura throughout the globe.

By: Candice J. Singh


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