Amidst petty squabbles, eminent battles for the family car, TV remote wars and incessant simulation of playful sibling rivalry which has a strong undertone of love, we might have forgotten the spirit of the festival that rings in an annual reminder to re-affirm the bond between a brother and a sister.
As with most Indian traditions and festivals, Raksha Bandhan (better known as Rakhi) is rooted in legend. The celebrations arise from the tale of Rani Karnavati and her assumed brother Humayun. The festival has a strong secular message as Rani Karnavati was a Hindu queen, who sent a symbol of close bond, a thread, to the Muslim king Humayun.
The legend goes that the widowed queen of Chittor sent this thread, asking for protection with a view to create and invincible bond between Humayun and her, just as it is between siblings. Now as part of the celebrations sisters tie ornate threads on the wrists of their brothers, signifying an undying bond and love between the two. In turn, the brothers promise to forever guard the sisters and look after them in times of distress. The festival is one of the few that takes the entire country by storm in August, as it is celebrated by Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs.
To commemorate one of the most endearing festivals of the country, send us warm snippets of your sibling bond; this can be as a story, photograph or video which showcases your love. We will choose the most heart-warming submissions to share and may add to the festival celebrations with a special treat for you and your sibling(s).
Your story could be a simple photograph taken on a trip showing fun times together or the story of your battles turning into strong bonds. Just get in touch via the form below.
We can’t wait to hear from you and make the festival richer in experience for everyone!
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