Raksha Bandhan 2014 is going to be celebrated with great zest in India. Know
more about Rakhi celebrations 2014:
In India, Rakhi is celebrated with lot of fun and frolic. Besides tying of Rakhis on the brother's hand, gift exchanges, relishing tempting and mouth-watering sweets, lots of other elements are also present. These acts make the Rakhi festival all the more interesting and one is always looking forward for this day to arrive.
It is not the rituals, customs and traditions that change over the time but the
celebration styles and perspectives that become contemporary. For centuries this
festival has been celebrated in the same way. The traditions are followed with the
same enthusiasm. The gaieties have only blown up to a large scale. It is the celebration
of the chaste bond of love amongst the siblings.
The preparations begin much in advance. Some twenty days ahead of the festival you
can see colorful Rakhis in the market. Girls start the shopping and preparations
quite early. They shop for new clothes and buy Rakhis specially the ones that have
to be sent to the brothers staying far. The sweet shops, the garment shops, gift
shops, all are flooded with things to attract people.
On the Raksha Bandhan day, the festivities start by the day break. Every one gets
ready early and gathers for the worship of the deities. After invoking the blessings
of the Gods, the sister performs brother's Arti, puts Tika and Chawal on his forehead
and ties Rakhi amongst chanting of mantras. Then she gives him sweets and gifts.
The brother accepts her offerings and vows to take care of her and be by her side
in the time of need. As a token he gives the sister a return gift and sweets.
The Raksha Bandhan ceremony ends here and the celebrations begin. The family reunion
itself is the reason for celebration. Tasty dishes, sweets, gifts, sing and dance
and what not. Any Indian festival is incomplete without this.
For those siblings who for distances are not able to meet, it is a day for remembering
the bygone time when the day was celebrated together. Emotions are expressed through
emails, e cards, rakhi greeting cards, and Rakhis through Internet or mail. Nothing
on this day can stop the overflowing emotions.
Congregations like Rakhi Mahotsavas were started by Rabindra Nath Tagore in Shantiniketan. He started this to propagate the feeling of brotherhood amongst people. This invoked trust and feeling of peaceful coexistence. The festival for them is a symbol of harmony. The tradition continues as people tie Rakhis to the neighbors and close friends. It is a festival denoting National sentiments of harmony.
Ladies have always been fond of putting Mehendi on their palms. But during the festival
of Rakhi, Mehendi has special importance. On the occasion of Rakhi, they decorate
each others' palms with different styles of Mehendi such as Marwadi, Shekhawati
or Mumbaiya style. Thus, Mehendi has become a part of the Rakhi festival.
On the auspicious day of Rakhi, the brothers usually prefer to go for traditional outfits like Kurta-Pyjamas, Pathan Suits, Kurta-Jeans etc. Sometimes they also like to wear formal outfits like Shirt with Trousers or Shirts with Jeans.
The sisters, if married, mostly love to tie designer sarees with little or heavy zari work. The unmarried sisters go for Salwar-Kurta, Chudidaar-Kurta, Saree, Lehengas, Parellels- Short Kurtas or other apparels.
In modern times, when a large number of the brothers and sisters stay away from
each other due to their educational, job or married life responsibilities, they
send Rakhi-Cards to each other. They express their feelings towards each other with
the help of beautiful Rakhi-Cards, with a printed message, available in the market.
The sisters, who are not able to reach their brothers on this auspicious day, send
the Rakhi for their brothers through postal or courier services and also through
online shopping portals.
On the festive occasion of Rakhi, the markets are decorated profusely. Wide variety of colorful and beautiful fancy and designer Rakhi is available in the market. These are made of Resham or Zari threads and are decorated with different items like beads, semi-precious stones or imitation jewelry, sometimes also with silver and gold. Price of Rakhi varies according to the materials used in making them.