Monday, August 3, 2009

Raksha Bandhan - My world Tuesday

This Wednesday is the festival of Raksha Bandhan that celebrates a sister's love and affection for her brother. Symbolically, the sister ties a 'Rakhi' on her brother's wrist. The Rakhi is "a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother". In return, the brother avows lifelong protection for his beloved sister. The festival celebrates the glory of not only sibling affection, but also all kinds of platonic relationships, and the festival's social message is harmonious coexistence with one and all.
Feast your eyes on these glimpses of millions of wrist bands...





Of late the festival is 'used' to celebrate other relationships as well, and you can guess that the 'friendship' bands are very popular.

This one is a handmade band made by my son's playmate for him.

I showed you a glimpse of my wonderful India with its myriad festivals, where each day is a celebration, Visit other wonderful worlds.

13 comments:

  1. I want a rakhi :)

    That is a very fascinating and informative post. I truly enjoyed it. Will ask my Indian friend to bring me one. She's going back to India in November in time for the light festival.

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  2. I like the Beautiful colors.

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  3. Yes, indeed! A lovely and informative post! Such beautiful colors!

    Have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  4. Very interesting and very colorful.

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  5. The raksha bandhan is the one I wanted to celebrate very much. Could do so only through a distant cousin. The friendship day gaining popularity and even the kids in 1st standard want these bands. The snaps are very colorful and beautiful.

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  6. @ Photo Cache
    Hope your friend finds a nice one - off-season! :)
    @Pam, Sylvia, James
    Those are glimpses from just a couple of 'shops' in the local market. There are ... 1000's of them.
    @ Rajesh
    Yes, it's distant to me too, because South India does not celebrate it, but I am glad I'm in the midst of it this year.

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  7. that's fascinating to know that there's a festival for siblings. would love to have a rakhi too. thanks for sharing this part of your world:) My world is here

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  8. Such a wonderfully colourfuo My World post. Nicely done.

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  9. Such vibrant colours - and what a lovely tradition.

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  10. This lovely post made me long for India. I should be making another trip back home soon.

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  11. The wristbands are colorful and beautiful. I like this tradition!

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