There is a saying in Marathi, “tujha majha jamena, tujha bin karme na” – “Can’t live with you, can’t do without you.” How many of you are suddenly reminded of your childhood and growing up with your siblings, and how many of you can see this sentiment in the behaviour of your own children? This year, the Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated on 21 August, and this is such an important day for siblings and families. Although the date changes every year, the history of Raksha Bandhan never changes – and Raksha Bandhan never loses its charm or appeal.
From near and far, brothers and sisters renew their important bond on this day – a bond forged during childhood over quarrels and fights and renewed with each new experience and shared memories. We at Surf excel want to help you and your family celebrate Raksha Bandhan.
This article describes the history of Raksha Bandhan and the rituals of this festival. Be sure to check out our other articles with quotes and messages and with instructions for creating greeting cards for this special day!
The Raksha Bandhan Story
In India, this day is said to have gained grandeur after Queen Karnavati of Chittor sent a rakhi to the great Mughal emperor Humayun, seeking his help during the invasion of King Bahadur Shah. Ever since then, the Raksha Bandhan festival has become a cherished occasion amongst siblings. Raksha Bandhan is that special day where brothers and sisters unite. However busy they might get as they grow up, they still will try their best to meet each other and celebrate together on this special day, reliving all their childhood memories once again. Our friend Sneha has this to say about her children: “For the last 10 days, Chintu and Pinky have not been talking with each other.
They are refusing to work together on their chores, even if it is something as simple as clearing the table after dinner. But secretly, Chintu asked me to hide a box of chocolates he had saved up to give didi for rakhi. And Pinky drove me mad on a shopping trip looking for the DVD she knew Chintu had wanted, as her rakhi gift for him.” Are they trying to make it up to each other? Or is it just a case of forgetting they have had a fight in the excitement of Raksha Bandhan!