Having a Brother is like having a Best-friend that you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they will still be there! – Anonymous.
When I read this Raksha Bandhan quote, my younger brother’s face with his typical wicked smirk came in front of my eyes. Whatever you do, they will always be there, stuck with you for life! But, imagine a single day without their mischief, well I surely cannot!
Siblings are those BFFs (best friends forever) which you cannot choose but tolerate for life (pun intended). My brother is one such special gem, which Mom & Dad brought home without my permission. End of story. Our old family photos are witness to this iconic sibling love.
But, time and life change everything. The same cat-and-mouse, die-hard enemies turn into best friends, into confidants. Rakhi /Raksha Bandhan is the day to celebrate this special bond, love among siblings.
Why is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?
A little background about this festival, we must know the reason why it is celebrated. If tomorrow, our kids ask a direct question about this festival, we must not run to search it on google.
There are many legends linked with Hindu mythology and Raksha Bandha. One such very famous legend that I have grown listening to is that of Lord Krishna and Draupadi. In Mahabharata, when Lord Krishna was hurt fighting the war with some king and was left bleeding from his wrist. Draupadi tore a piece of cloth and tied around his wrist to stop the bleeding. Krishna was deeply touched by this gesture and promised to repay her love and devotion whenever she needs that.
When is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?
This festival is observed as a symbol of love between brothers and sisters. On this day, a sister ties a beautiful thread called Rakhi around the wrist of her brother. With this thread, she prays for his health, growth, and well-being. In return, brother promises his unconditional support and ‘protection’ to his sister. With time the definitions are altered, however, the essence of this special bonding still remains intact.
How can you make Raksha Bandhan special for all?
Today, connectivity has brought the whole world at our finger-tips. So close yet so far! Relations and feelings have taken a backseat in this fast-paced Digi-savvy world. Rakhi brings cheer and smile on your brother/sister’s face. Let them feel special, loved, and spoilt 🙂
Also, read How to keep the family traditions alive.
Make Rakhi at home for your brother – Handmade Rakhi
Homemade rakhis are in trend and nothing feels lovelier than a cute thread made at home with lots of love, fun, and a little quirk. Get crafty by adding his favorites, keep it simple and easy on the size.
Eco-rakhi is also a great option, made of seeds which are ready to be planted and grow into a beautiful plant. The best way to bloom and see your love in the form of nature.
Special Rakhi for a special occasion
We usually don’t get the chance of gifting anything special to brothers, as they never leave a single opportunity of robbing our wallets. Raksha Bandhan is the right occasion to invest in a precious rakhi and bring a smile on their face. (read indebting them) Gold, silver, diamond, or precious stones rakhis are best to choose from.
Make the best delicacies, his favorite (least) dishes
I would love to tease him by preparing all his least favorite dishes, only to save the best for the last. There is no fun in plain simple rakhi celebration, this festival celebrates siblings, which means love and war at the same time 😉
Personalized gifts this Raksha Bandhan
Customized rakhi is special something you can invest in this raksha bandhan. You can add fun by customizing an old memory, or funny anecdote from the past. You can easily get such rakhis on Amazon and other e-commerce sites.
Watch some old ‘family-oriented’ movies together
The fun of watching old movies together is great, I recently caught up an old classic with my brother. We were giggling, laughing, and had so much fun teasing each other by remembering old times. The point is you spend some quality time with your sibling without any distractions.
Give her your unconditional support
Women are warriors, we have the ability to make adjustments with our surroundings. However, for a sister, there would be no better gift than her brother’s complete support. Take a stand for her if you are in a position to give her the courage to take a step forward. Be her shadow, which never leaves her side.
On this note, I wish a great and happy Raksha Bandhan to all siblings out there.
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