No matter how much we try to put in words, we fail to describe certain feelings and emotions. I remember once when I was a kid, my mother told me that “no one in this world can love you like your parents and your siblings do”. Back then, I did not re- alise how true this was, as I grew up, I understood what she meant. The love of a sibling is special. They love us without any expectations and bear all our tantrums and mood swings even though they get nothing in return. Later as I got older, I compre- hended that our siblings are the best friends god gifts us from birth.

As I said, the bonding between a brother and a sister is purely unique and is beyond description in words. It is something extraordinary and is given importance in every part of the world. However, when it comes to India, the relationship becomes even morespecial as there is a festival called Raksha Bandhan, dedicated justto the sibling love.

It is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and the neighbouring coun- tries like Nepal to symbolize the love between a brother and his sister. The occasion of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar in the month of Shravana which typically falls in the month of August as per the Gregorian calendar.

The name Rakshabandhan is the amalgamation of two words, namely “Raksha” and “Bandhan.” As per the Sanskrit terminology, the occasion means “the tie or knot of protection” where “Raksha” stands for the protection and “Bandhan” signifies the verb to tie. Together, the festival symbolizes the eternal love of brother-sister relationship which does not mean just the blood relation- ships only. It is also celebrated among cousins, sister and sister-in-law, fraternal aunt and nephew and other such relations.

On this day, a sister ties a Rakhi around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for his prosperity, health and well-being. The brother in return offers a gift and promises to protect his sister from any harm and under every circumstance. The festival is also celebrated between brother- sister belonging to distant family members, relatives, cousins or any type of brother-sister relationship between men and women who may not even be biologically related.

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