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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love between brothers and sisters; the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister like loving protective relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated.

It is called Rakhi Purnima, or simply Rakhi. The festival is observed by Hindus, Jains, and many Sikhs.

This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's good health, and protect to her long life. The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar.

Prayer, aarti, promise and food

Once the Rakhi has been tied, the sister says a prayer for the well being - good health, prosperity and happiness - for her brother.

After the prayer, the sister applies a tilak, a colorful mark on the forehead of the brother. After the tilak, the brother pledges to protect her and take care of his sister from any problems.  

The sister then feeds the brother, with her hands, one or more bites of sweets (desserts), dry fruits and other seasonal delicacies.

Gifts and hugs

The brother gives gifts to his sister(s) such as cards, clothes, money or something thoughtful.

The brother may also feed his sister, with his hands, one or more bites of sweets, dry fruits and other seasonal delicacies. They hug, and the larger family ritually congratulate the festive celebration of brother-sister love and protection.

The brother(s) wear the Rakhi for the entire day, at school or work, as a reminder of their sister(s) and to mark the festival of Raksha Bandhan

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