Tuesday, July 26, 2016

when is raksha bandhan

when is raksha bandhan

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Shravan (August) according to the Hindu calendar. It's the day when brothers and sisters reaffirm their affectionate bond..Raksha Bandhan is also called Rakhi Purnima or simply Rakhi or "Rakhri", in many parts of India. The same festival is celebrated as Janai Purnima in Nepal.The festival is a Hindu festival and is also a secular festival which celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. The festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated.The festival is also observed by Jains as a religious festival,as on Raksha Bandhan, Jain priests give threads to devotees.It is also celebrated by Hindus in parts of Pakistan.

On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her.'Raksha' means protection and 'Bandhan' means binding or bound. The prosperous Indian mythology provides many religious reasons to celebrate the day.

Dates:
2016 date Thursday, August 18
2017 date Monday, August 7
2018 date Sunday, August 26

Name in other languages:
NameLanguageरक्षा बंधन Hindi
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) English
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) German
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Norwegian

History:
According to one legendary narrative, when Alexander the Great invaded India in 326 BCE, Roxana (or Roshanak, his wife) sent a sacred thread to Porus, asking him not to harm her husband in battle. In accordance with tradition, Porus, the king of Kaikeya kingdom, gave full respect to the rakhi. On the battlefield, when Porus was about to deliver a final blow to Alexander, he saw the rakhi on his own wrist and restrained himself from attacking Alexander personally.

Rakhi Making How to make rakhi at home

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