When is Rakhi 2018?
Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is one of the most auspicious and popular Indian festivals celebrated every year widely across the globe by Indians. It is a beautiful occasion that emphasizes the strong bond between the siblings. For those who are wondering when is Rakhi in 2018, it is on Monday, 7th of August this year. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists, as a mark of love and affection. According to this age old ritual, while the sister prays for her brother’s long life, it is the brother’s responsibility to protect his sister from all possible odds and look after her well being.
However, the essence being the fraternal love, this occasion is not limited to only siblings related biologically, but also can be or (rather) is observed between any man and woman who wish to celebrate it. Anybody can exchange the implicit pledge indicating lifelong endearment. This thread of Rakhi encompasses the entire paradigm of trust, attachment, and deep affection between siblings.
Why Rakhi celebrated on Purnima Day of Shravan month?
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated on the full-moon day in the month of Shravan. Being observed on a full moon day, it is also called Rakhi Purnima. Hindus consider this month as the holiest month of the year. The name of the month is derived from the name of the ruling star, ‘Shravan’ that rules this month during the full moon day. The month is marked with various religious ceremonies and festivals. Each day of the month has some importance but the full moon day is significant and auspicious day of all. Thus, Rakhi being an important Hindu festival, is celebrated with great faith and devotion by the siblings, on the full moon day, of the month of Shravana. According to Gregorian calendar, this auspicious day corresponds to the month of July-August.
Rakhi is known in different names in various parts of India. In the Malabar region, the festival is known as Nariyal Purnima or Coconut Full Moon; in South India it is known as Avani Avittam and in North India it is termed as Raksha Bandhan.
Traditions Of Rakhi
The word ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘the tie or the knot of protection’. This ritual of Rakhi is intended to honor the special vow exchanged between brothers and sisters, an occasion that celebrates the chaste bond of love. Talking of love, expressing this emotion is an art. Among the various modes of observing this warm and wonderful sibling feeling, exchanging gifts has been an integral part of this occasion to make it more palpable The ritual is ideally celebrated with the Rakhi thali that is decked with Rakhi, sweets, betel leaves, incense sticks and roli, which the sisters prepare before tying the sacred thread. This ancient festival has been carried out since times immemorial. Even the Rajput queens were known to commemorate the occasion by sending rakhis to the neighbouring rulers.
Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore was also known to execute the ceremony. The Nobel laureate was instrumental in fostering the communal bond between Hindu Muslims by encouraging the concept of tying Rakhi. It symbolizes harmony, peace along with love among each other.
So after getting to know when is Rakhi, make your plans of showering your brother or sister this Rakhi 2018 with awesome Rakhi gifts. If you are looking for some gift ideas, read on.
Gift Ideas for Rakhi 2018
To begin with, rakhi and rakhi sets are a beautiful gift item. After all, what can be more appropriate than gifting rakhi to your brother on the day of Raksha Bandhan? There are beautiful sets of rakhis that come in myriad shapes and designs. You can get amazing rakhi sets for your brother and sister-in-law like lumba rakhi, zardosi rakhi, beads rakhi, pearl rakhi, golden rakhi, kids’ rakhi. Make your rakhi gift more adorable by teaming up your rakhi with greetings card, chocolates, dry fruits, pendants, necklace and other elite collection. It is not every day that Rakhi is exchanged, so why not make the occasion memorable by gifting that which is an absolute mark of oath. However, apart from Rakhi sets, gift hampers make a fabulous item. A basket filled with goodies like Ferrero Rocher chocolates or Lindt Lindor truffles, soft toys, cosmetics and much more can melt any body’s heart.
Gifting electronics is also an excellent way to show how much one cares. For example tablets, e-book readers, wearable tech, smart phones, iPod, iPad, home theatre, digital camera are some of the ideas that can be taken into consideration while gifting. These are great utility based practical gift items that can never go wrong. Even presenting jewellery is a good idea. Why not carry out the practice of gifting jewellery in this Rakhi 2018? Various stylish silver, gold jewellery can be given to your sisters as return gifts. Giving gold and diamond pendants or bracelets, rings, earrings, bangles will be an extraordinary option, so will be presenting cosmetics and perfumes.
You can also gift photographs capturing wonderful times shared with the siblings through personalized gift items. Get the snaps printed on key chains, mugs, T-Shirts, or make a collage and get them framed. You can also get the photos printed on certain home decor stuffs like cushion or pillow covers. Consider gifting other home décor items like show pieces, wall hangings and creative paintings on this Rakhi 2018 if your sibling is creatively inclined and wishes to decorate the house.