Rakhi is one of the most awaited festivals of India. The festival holds great importance to the siblings. Every year the festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan. Brothers who stay abroad try to reach their sisters on this auspicious day. Along with the tying of Rakhi thread by sister on brother’s wrist, feasting, exchanging gifts as well as merrymaking go side by side.
Preparation before Rakhi Festival
Rakhi preparation starts a month prior to the date of the festival. The shops in the market are loaded with wide range of gifts and Rakhis. This reminds the siblings that the festival is round the corner.
Brothers and sisters start buying Rakhi gifts for their dear ones. They hop from one shop to another and buy the best gift for their siblings. Sisters try to get the latest Rakhis for their brothers. If she knows her brother’s preference, she tries to get that in the market.
The brother too does the same. He buys gifts such as chocolate hamper, jewellery, cosmetic hampers, kitchenware items etc for his sister.
Nowadays, online shopping has become quite popular. Thus, they can avoid the hectic task of visiting shops and buy gifts online. E-gifting stores display broad array of gifts for brother, sister, kid brother and kid sister. Hence, sending Rakhi gifts online will be a good idea.
Sometimes sisters even make handmade gifts for their dear brothers. Handmade gifts include Rakhi greeting cards, Rakhi threads and Rakhi Thali. She makes these gifts with utmost care. These gifts definitely convey sister’s love and affection towards her brother.
As the festival approaches, sisters prepare for the festival with great interest and enthusiasm. They clean as well as decorate their homes with attractive wall hangings, flower vases and showpieces.
Mehendi & Apparel
Mehndi holds a cultural significance in Indian traditions. Before the day of the festival, sisters deck their hands and feet with mehendi designs. They even buy new ethnic apparels such as salwar kameezes, sarees and lehenga cholis with fashion jewelleries. Brothers also buy traditional outfits such as kurtas and pajamas. These days siblings also wear fusion dresses such as kurtis, leggings and jeans.
Preparation on the day of the festival
On the day of the festival, sisters deck the entrance of their homes with beautiful rangolis and door hangings. Even the puja altar is beautifully decorated with colorful flowers, diyas and rangolis. Mouth-watering sweets and dishes such as kaju katli, motichoor laddu, fried rice, puri, masala paneer etc are cooked on this festival. Brothers and sisters take a bath and adorn themselves in new apparels.
Siblings gather together. Sister prepares the Rakhi thali that includes chawal (rice), roli tika, rakhi thread, diya and other shagun items . At first, she offers prayers to God. After that, she performs aarti of her brother, puts tilak on his forehead and ties the Rakhi thread on his wrist. Both share sweets and wonderful gifts.
Grand feasting and merrymaking follow after this. Everyone enjoys the festival with great joy and enthusiasm. Gossiping, cracking jokes and playing pranks are the core parts of this festival.