Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Raksha Bandhan

Why write on Raksha Bandhan?
Simple, it is my favorite Indian festival.
I guess you are wondering why Raksha Bandhan is my favorite out of all. We have Lohri, Holi, Dusera, Diwali, Eid, Good Friday, Christmas and many more festivals in India so why Raksha Bandhan. All these festivals are full of fun and food. Raksha Bandhan is not even a public holiday in India.
Still it is my favorite? Any guesses why?
Yes, there is a victory tale associated with Raksha Bandhan but it is not important any more. Gods, Goddess, good and evil forces are not predominant either.
In one sense it is not a festival.
It is a day of brothers and sisters. It is a day of their relationship. With a relatively short ritual of tying a Rakhi (a hold thread) on wrist of her brother, sister prays for his long life. The brother reiterates care, affection and commitment to protect her.
It is day of reinforcing relationship and obligation towards sister - a live human. It is about real people who are present around us; and that makes it distinct and my favorite.


SG said...

Very well said. Happy Raksha Bandhan to you.

BK Chowla, said...

Happy raksha bandhan day.
We indians are very emotional people and when it comes to our blood relations, we cross all limits.

chitra said...

Wonderful post. I too love the Raksha Bandhan festival. Waiting for my brother.

subu said...

Rakhi to you!

Insignia said...

Happy Raksha Badhan to you. Liked your view behind it

Urmi said...

Very nice and beautiful post. Wish you a Happy Rakshabandhan.

kiran sawhney said...

I like raksha bandhan too. Your answer to the comment is there on my blog.

Bikram said...

YEs very well put .. ITs about real people and real relations and emotions .. Loved it

Latha Nair said...

Happy Raksha Bandhan. This is indeed a unique festival based on a unique concept.
That reminds me of an e-mail forward which was doing the rounds recently. The best way for boys to escape from Rakhi-adopt Thakur's (Sholay fame)dressing style :D

R. Ramesh said...

wonderful post..Happy Raksha Bandhan buddy...hahah i just remember the day v used to run away from pretty girls when they chases us with raakhis..:)

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Usha said...

Short and nice expression of Raksha Bandhan.

Happy Raksha Bandhan. :)

Nisha said...

Here is my turn to say 'Wow'.. very nice thoughts..and especially the last two lines are very true.
Thanks a lot for my appriciation on my blog. Keep visiting.

Urmi said...

Thanks for your lovely and sweet comment.

Swaram said...

Oh thatz a nice point. Happy Rakshabandhan :)

R. Ramesh said...

thanks for yr kind words buddy; me too taking comfort in fact that daughter was not sure is a bundle of experiences..

Tanvi said...

I like it too ... but can't decide which festival is my favorite. Hmmm!

k...p... said...

happy raksha bandhan.
this is one thread that indians should fancy more than the 'borrowed' friendship band.

Sh@s said...

Nice thought.
Belated Happy Raksha Bandhan :)

Anonymous said...

"It is about real people" Never thought about it like that.
Belated Raksha Bandhan wishes to you :)

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I've always liked this festival from a distance. There's a large Indian community in Vancouver and I used to enjoy seeing the booths selling the thread bracelets at that time of year. And I agree with you assessment: it's nice to have a festival that celebrates the real people in our lives. (Except for Valentine's Day--hate that. It celebrates shopping!)

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