What is so special about Raksha Bandhan?

In our country, all our relationships are worshipped with much fanfare. We put in a lot of heart into building a love relationship with our kith and kins. Raksha Bandhan is a reflection of that characteristic attribute of our country. And not only during Raksha Bandhan, but that affable relation in a family is noticed in any festive moment.

But speaking particularly about Raksha Bandhan specialty, one must remember the fact that it is celebrated only in India or by people of Indian origin all across the world. The values and principles we learn at childhood is not forgotten after growing up. In childhood, most siblings think that this is a game and after growing up, they realize the implication of this festival and thus values it more.

In our modern understanding of Raksha Bandhan, this festival is hugely regarded as a celebration of love between a brother and a sister. But in ancient times, even Saints tied rakhi on wrist of those people who came to seek their blessings. There are old anecdotes that suggest that even a mother or wife can also tie a rakhi as it means a band of protection against all odds. Still, it is primarily a festival for brothers and sisters. Thus, for Raksha Bandhan celebration, a brother and sister would walk long miles to visit each other. That’s where the unity and integrity of a family lies.

With flow of time now rakhi is also tied by close friends, relatives, neighbors and it is also seen as a token of love and friendship among people. Rabindranath Tagore popularized this celebration where people from all strata of society could come together and spend a day of togetherness. So, in a broader sense, it can be said that apart from only brothers and sisters, Raksha Bandhan is a day of celebration for everyone else in the country to erase all signs of animosity.