Brother Ron Barnes
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Rakshabandhan


Dear Brother Ron

What can you tell me about Rakshabandhan? I live in the USA.  All of my Indian friends always talk about Rakshabandhan. As I belong to another community, I don't know about this festival but I want to find out. Please tell me any website or any detailed information on Rakshabandhan?

James


Dear James

Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana.

The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her. The brother and sister traditionally feed each other sweets. It is not necessary that the rakhi can be given only to a brother by birth; any male can be "adopted" as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, that is "blood brothers and sisters", whether they are cousins or a good friend. Indian history is replete with women asking for protection, through rakhi, from men who were neither their brothers, nor Hindus themselves.

The rakhi may also be tied on other special occasions to show solidarity and kinship (not necessarily only among brothers and sisters), as was done during the Indian independence movement.

Hope this helps.

Best always
Brother Ron