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Raksha Bandhan

National and Public Holidays in India Regional Holiday in India

Raksha Bandhan

How long until Raksha Bandhan?
This holiday next takes place in 130 Days.
Dates of Raksha Bandhan
Year Weekday Date
2018 Sunday August 26th
2017 Monday August 7th
2016 Thursday August 18th
2015 Saturday August 29th
2014 Sunday August 10th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.

History of Raksha Bandhan

This ancient Hindu festival is also known as Rakhi Purnima. It is celebrated on the full moon of the Hindu month 'Shravana'.

In 2017 it is a public holiday in the following regions: Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh.

History of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. As the concept of love and duty between siblings is universal, this festival is popular with many cultures in India and transcends its Hindu origin.

To mark their relationship, on the morning of Raksha Bandham, the sister and brother will gather together with their family. Often in front of a lamp, the sister ties a rakhi (thread) on her brother's right wrist. This symbolises their emotional bond and the renews the vow of the brother to protect his sister.

Rakhis can also been used to celebrate other relationships between friends and neighbours. It is said that giving a Rakhi is a polite way for a girl to put someone from the opposite sex who is making unwanted romantic advances into the friend-zone.

Rakhis are often made from silk with gold and silver threads, and can be decorated with sequins, and semi precious stones.

Did you know?

The word Raksha means 'protection', whilst Bandhan means 'to tie'.

In Indian history, Rakhis have been used to strengthen kingdoms and forge alliances. One of the oldest tales associated with Rakhis is when Alexander the Great was undertaking his invasion of the India subcontinent in 326 BC. Encountering the powerful King Porus, it is said that Alexander’s wife had approached Porus and tied a Rakhi on his hand to ensure the safety of her husband.


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