Celebrated with the full moon during the lunar calendar month of Sravana, Rakhi symbolizes sibling love within Hindu and Sikh families. This year, Rakhi will bring brothers and sisters together on 15th August 2019.
The festival is also known as Raksha bandhan, the word ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘Bandhan’ means to tie, and together it stands for ‘the knot of protection’.
During this festival, the sister puts an auspicious red tikka on her brother’s forehead and ties a rakhi on the brother’s wrist. As the rakhi is tied, a prayer or mantra is whispered, seeking happiness and prosperity for both. Then, the sister feeds the brother with some sweets or mithai like ladoo or barfi to celebrate their relationship.
Traditionally, rakhi is a red and gold thread bracelet. Today, rakhis are often decorated with multi-coloured silk thread, and often adorned with stones and beads. At the end of this auspicious ritual, the brother then presents a gift of appreciation to his sister.
To send Rakhi to your brother in UK, you could visit these sites –
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