Raksha Bandhan, is a very popular and significant Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. It is an ancient festival and celebrated on the full moon in the month of August. This year it is on 3rd August.
The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. Traditionally, sisters tie a rakhi, a bracelet made of decorative woven thread with colourful beads and stones around their brothers’ wrists to celebrate their relationship.
When a sister ties a rakhi around the hand of a brother it becomes an obligation for him to honour his religious duty and protect her.
As the rakhi is tied, a prayer is offered asking for happiness and prosperity.
Traditionally the brother will return a gift to his sister for her respect.
Today the festival has developed with Rakhis tied between close friends (like friendship bands), In the community to honour and acknowledge people who provide protection and service e.g police, soldiers, firemen, nurses and doctors.
Sanjay Nimavet, Hindu Faith Advisor
Multi-Faith Chaplaincy wishes you all a Happy Raksha Bandhan