Raksha Bandhan around the world in 2024

Raksha Bandhan around the world in 2024
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2025 IndiaAug 9
Chhattisgarh Sat, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Gujarat Sat, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Sat, Aug 9Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Sat, Aug 9Regional Holiday
2024 IndiaAug 19
Bihar Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Chhattisgarh Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Gujarat Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Haryana Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Mon, Aug 19Regional Holiday
2023 Various Aug 30, Aug 31
India Aug 30, Aug 31
RajasthanThu, Aug 31Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Aug 31Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Aug 31Regional Holiday
GujaratWed, Aug 30Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, Aug 30Regional Holiday
NepalThu, Aug 31National Holiday
2022 IndiaAug 11
Chhattisgarh Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Gujarat Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Haryana Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
West Bengal Thu, Aug 11Regional Holiday
2021 IndiaAug 22
Chhattisgarh Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Gujarat Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Haryana Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Jharkhand Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand Sun, Aug 22Regional Holiday

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'.

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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