Sunday, August 22 is Raksha Bandhan – a day dedicated to celebrating the bond people have with their siblings.
Often abbreviated to Rakhi, the Hindu festival is celebrated on the full-moon day of the month of Sravana and celebrates the love between a brother and sister.
Rakhi bracelets are traditionally given by sisters to brothers as part of the Raksha festivities with monetary gifts given in exchange.
It is also etiquette to show your sibling how much you value the bond between you – and often poems, messages and meaningful quotes are shared to demonstrate this.
Here are some that might be worth sharing today.
Nine quotes to share with siblings
1) To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time – Clara Ortega
2) A sibling may be the keeper of one’s identity, the only person with the keys to one’s unfettered, more fundamental self – Marian Sandmaier
3) Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk – Susan Scarf Merrell
4) I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends – James Boswell
5) The Rule of Sibs: If your sibling gets something you want, you (1) try to take it; (2) break it; or (3) say it’s no good – Patricia Fleming
6) Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet – Vietnamese Proverb
7) Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
8) We know one another’s faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws – Rose Macaulay
9) I think people that have a brother or sister don’t realize how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there’s always somebody there, somebody that’s family – Trey Parker & Matt Stone
Five poems for Raksha Bandhan
1) A Sister Like You (by unknown)
Someone who will understand
Who knows the way I feel
In every situation
Her concern is very real
Someone who has walked my ways
Who knows my every need
Times when she would see me cry
Her heart would nearly bleed
Everyone should have a sister
Just the way I do
Richly blessed is what I am
To have a sister like you
2) A Sister is Forever (by Bruce B. Wilmer)
A sister’s a sister forever,
A bond that diminishes never,,
A friend who is kindly and caring,,
A sibling God chooses for sharing.,
Few ties as deep and profound,
And with so much affection abound,
Though some thoughts are seldom expressed,
Love endures and survives every test.,
Of the constants that rest in the heart,,
A sister’s a primary part.,
She’ll always be there when you need her,
You listen, you value, you heed her.,
As growth, independence you ponder,,
Your feelings grow deeper and fonder;,
And life tells you one thing that is true:,
A sister’s a large part of you.
3) Sibling Love (by unknown)
Growing up as kids we were blessed
To have come from a loving home
Parents that guided and loved us
And never did us wrong.
We had a beautiful childhood
Many memories we all hold
We’ve always had that sibling bond
That’s more precious than gold.
Mum and Dad had it hard
Raising six kids way back then
But we never went hungry or unclothed
And their love was Heaven sent.
I’m thankful that we were loved
Something money could never buy
This was the richness that filled our hearts
Because Mum and Dad always tried.
Now as I’m getting older
I’ve learnt to appreciate things much more
I’m thankful we loved each other
And each one of you I adore.
Today I want to say to each of you
I Love You with my whole heart
I’ll Love You beyond this lifetime
And my love will never stop.
4) Rakhi Day is Righteous Day (by A.P.J.Abdul Kalam)
This full moon day our hearts are in brim
Feeling of faith and serenity in mind.
We light the lamps and our hears glow
Radiance of happiness and peace are in flow.
Harmonious homes are like streams of joy
Flowing and flourishing the landscape en route.
Nobility in heart and character in deed
Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State.
Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers
Abiding them to do only what is right and clean.
Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head
Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.
5) A Brother Just Like You (by unknown)
I just want to let you know
You mean the world to me
Only a heart as dear as yours
Would give so unselfishly
The many things you’ve done
All the times that you were there
Help me know deep down inside
How much you really care
Even though I might not say
I appreciate all you do
Richly blessed is how I feel
Having a brother just like you.
13 messages to send brothers, sisters and loved ones
1) On this Rakhi, let’s bring back the lively spirit of childhood, play pranks with each other and become that wacky siblings we were always. Happy Raksha Bandhan
2) We may be far from each other, but you are always in heart. On the occasion of Rakhi, cherishing the fond memories we spent together. loveliest
3) No matter the distances between us, my Rakhi will always reach on time, to be tied on the wrist of my loving brother with the heartwarming wishes of joy and happiness to illuminate your life
4) You never say no, you never say thats impossible and you never say you can’t. That’s my bro, a superman who make things possible and who make paths smoother. I love you Bro
5) Dear Brother, while tying this Rakhi, I pray to God for your peace, happiness and prosperity. A warm and loving person like you deserves the best of life. Happy Raksha Bandhan
6) My love for you is measureless. My blessings to you are unlimited. Dear Brother, you will always be my friend, a guide and a hero. Happy Raksha Bandhan
7) The pious occasion of Raksha Bandhan reminds me of the days when we were kids. We fought and made up easily. Those lovely days can’t come back but will always stay in my heart. Missing you darling brother on this Raksha Bandhan
8) You helped me while I was in trouble, you made me feel safe when I was scared and other things you did to make me happy. Thanks is insufficient for all this. Happy Raksha Bandhan to you, Brother
9) I am really thankful to God to have the precious gift of a sister like you. Happy Raksha Bandhan
10) We laugh and cry, we play and fight. We shared moments of happiness and sorrows, which made our bond stronger. Happy Raksha Bandhan to you Sis
11) Before I utter anything, you understand. You have been my friend to whom I can share all my secrets. I love you, my darling sister
12) You are a darling sister, You are loving and gentle actually, all the good things in the world, But one thing that I am proud to say. You are my little sister and am proud of you and will always be…. Happy Raksha Bandhan
13) To my sweet angel like sister, May god bless you with loads of happiness, health and wealth. See, God has already begun showering you with chocolate. Happy Raksha Bandhan
Tens of thousands of sisters will tie small red and gold bracelets to their brother’s wrists today.
The custom is part of the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is all about celebrating siblings.
Here is everything you need to know.
When is Raksha Bandhan 2021?
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated during the Hindu month of Shravana. The date is determined by the ‘purnima day’ otherwise known as the ‘full moon day’ during that month.
This year that day will fall on August 22 – today. Celebrations usually take place during late afternoon on the purnima day. This is known in Hindu culture as ‘aparahna’.
What is Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the bond between siblings.
The name itself – ‘Raksha’ means ‘protection’ while ‘Bandhan’ means ‘to tie’.
That’s because during celebrations sisters usually tie a bracelet made of red and gold threads interwoven together, around their brother’s wrists.
This is meant to symbolise the good relationship they hold.
These days the festival has come to be more than a celebration of siblings with others joining in to celebrate the good relationships they hold.
According to the BBC, these include priests tying rakhis around the wrists of people in their congregation, friends tying rakhis around each other’s wrists, women tying the bracelet around the wrist of the prime minister and people tying them to the wrists of soldiers.
What is a rakhi bracelet?
A rakhi bracelet is usually made from some form of red and gold threads interwoven together. Nowadays they often have beads and stones woven in as well and are sometimes made with silk strands.
The bracelet is said to be blessed with verses that are sacred and can be consecrated in rice and grass sometimes with the idea being that it will protect the wearer.
This protection is meant to last for the entire year – and is meant to remove sin through one hand and give safety through the other.
Traditions when tying the rakhi
When the bracelet is tied to someone’s wrist, the giver usually recites a prayer for happiness and wealth.
This prayer, or mantra, is usually chanted in Sanskrit or Punjabi and after the rakhi has been tied the giver will place a sweet in their mouth while the receiver will usually offer a monetary gift.
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Author: Andrew Gaudion and Amy Willis