Raksha Bandhan is commonly known as Rakhi which is popularly celebrated in North India. This festival is observed Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and now a days, it is observed throughout India without any religious barriers. The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.
Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect his sister. In south (in Kerala and Tamilnadu) it is celebrated as Avani Avittam or Upakarma among the Brahmin community. But now-a-days, more than a ritual Rakhi is becoming a day for celebration among the youngsters.
Raksha Bandhan actually means a bond of protection. On the day, sister ties a decorative thread called rakhi on the wrists of her brother and in return he gives her money, sweets, and lot of other gifts.
August 13 (Saturday) will see Indians across the country and abroad observe Raksha Bandhan, the festival that highlights the love and affection of the brother-sister bond.
On this occasion, women tie a thread to their brothers symbolising their eternal tie and pray for them. The brothers vow to protect their sisters and also give a token sum or gift. Usually, women visit their brothers' homes and perform an aarti on them.
But in these times, it is not easy for the siblings to stick to age-old practices. Some might have their brothers/sisters abroad or in another city or may be too busy to visit them, in case of such an eventuality they can always wish them by SMS.
"On Rakhi, my newly-married sister will not be able to come from Hyderabad where she is based now. I will SMS her on this day and I am sure she will courier the rakhi to me," says Rohit Khanna, an accounting professional in Vasant Kunj.
Here are some sample messages:
Today I wish may laughter and joy brighten every day and success and happiness smile on you all the way. Happy Raksha Bandhan
Sending you a wish from the heart...TUM JIYO HAZARON SAAL...On this special day I wish you happiness and success and may all your fondest dreams come true.
Here is Rakhi for you twined with a sparkling smile, beaded with sweet memories and glued with warm and loving wishes for lot of happiness today and always.
Behen ne rakhi bandhi. Bhai tu chir jug jeeye! On this special day, here's what my heart says. May happiness and success always smile on you.
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on Saturday, 13 August, 2011 in India and in other parts of the world.