Raksha Bandhan in India in 2021

Raksha Bandhan in India in 2021

  How long until Raksha Bandhan?
This holiday next takes place in 326 days.
  Dates of Raksha Bandhan in India
2022 Aug 12
GujaratFri, Aug 12Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Aug 12Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Aug 12Regional Holiday
2021 Aug 22
ChhattisgarhSun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
2020 Aug 3
ChhattisgarhMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Aug 3Regional Holiday
2019 Aug 15
ChhattisgarhThu, Aug 15Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Aug 15Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Aug 15Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Aug 15Regional Holiday
2018 Aug 26
GujaratSun, Aug 26Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Aug 26Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Aug 26Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Aug 26Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Aug 26Regional Holiday
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters.
  Which regions observe Raksha Bandhan in 2021?
  ChhattisgarhAug 22Regional Holiday
  GujaratAug 22Regional Holiday
  RajasthanAug 22Regional Holiday
  Uttar PradeshAug 22Regional Holiday

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'.

It is a public holiday in several regions in India, dependant on what day of the week it falls on.

Why Raksha Bandhan is celebrated

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 Bandhan, 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 be 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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