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RAKHI A SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE:
Rakhi Festival was popularized in Bengal by the Nobel laureate, Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. He introduced Rakhi as the symbol of love and brotherhood among one and all. Rakhi celebrations involved tying of the yellow coloured string around the wrists of friends pledging to remain with each other through thick and thin. Rakhi ceremony was started to infuse a sense of brotherhood and to build up a harmonious state. Rakhi Festival is still popular and its beauty lies in its deep emotional significance of love and harmony.
 

RAKHI: AN EMOTIONAL BOND
Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan symbolises the deep emotional bonding between brothers and sisters. Sisters all over tie the silken thread around the wrists of their brothers who in turn pledge to protect them through out their life. Rakhi ceremony involves a family celebration where the sisters bestow deep affection to their brothers and pray to God to guard and protect them forever. Sisters and brothers give each other Rakhi gifts.

 
 

Rakhi Festival involves celebrations in the family. Sisters go Rakhi shopping and buy dazzling Rakhis or make Rakhis with silken threads and elaborately decorate them to tie them around their loved one's wrist. Brothers also proudly adorn the beautifully made Rakhi around their wrists. They also buy choiceable Rakhi gifts for their beloved sisters.

 
A true symbol of love, brotherhood and harmony, Rakha Bandhan is celebrated through out India. Many brothers who stay away from their sisters await anxiously for this bond of love and trust to reach them through the postal service and also the online Rakhi E-cards with touching messages reinstate their emotional bonding for each other. Raksha Bandhan is observed all over the country both by Hindus and Sikhs.
 

RAKHI THAALI:
Sisters make the special thaali on the Rakhi day, which consists of rakhi grain, kumkum powder for 'tilak', diya (earthen lamp), agarbattis, roli, aipun, flowers and rices. Paan and coconut are also in it and are considered very sacred items for the Hindus. This Rakhi thali is very auspicious.

 
  At the centre of it there is a swastika which is the symbol of Lord Ganesha. First of all the thaali is offered to the family deities, the rice is picked up and showered onto the gods. Then the sisters perform the 'arti' to their brothers. Sisters then decorate the right wrist of their brothers. After tying a Rakhi they apply tilak on their forehead and chant the mantras for their welfare and wish for long life. After Rakhi rituals they offer sweetmeats to their brothers and bless them silently. In return the brothers give them some gifts as a token of love.  
 

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