Today was my first Rakhi (also known as Raksha Bandhan). Dad told me that this day is celebrated by all brothers and sisters across India (and Indians worldwide). Today, all sisters tie a band (known as “rakhi”) on the arms of their brothers. This band signifies a symbol of “Love”, “Bonding” and “Protection”.
The brothers promise to take care of their sisters, love them and protect them throughout their lives.
Modern day celebrations also include exchanging gifts and most commonly Brothers giving money to sisters instead of gifts. (So they can buy the gifts of their own choice and preference).
I am blessed with such an integrated family. And like most of the families in India, we too celebrated Raksha Bandhan with great joy and fun.
I look forward to coming years when I would be able to understand it even better an also tie rakhis on my brothers’ hands.