Dating Raksha Bandhan
The holiday falls on the full moon of Shraavana, the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. Since the Hindu and Gregorian (secular) calendars do not align, Raksha Bandhan seems to move around in the secular calendar. For instance, this year, 2017, the holiday falls on Monday, August 7. In 2015, it fell on Saturday, August 29; in 2014, the holiday fell on Sunday, August 10; in 2013 on August 21 and so on.
Raksha Bandhan Traditions
Raksha Bandan celebrates the special bonds between brothers and sisters.
When the sister ties the band around, she says a prayer for the health and well-being of her brother. The sister performs aarthi, in which she ritually moves a lighted diya (stone or metal lamp) around her brother's face. After this, the sister place a tikka or tilaka (a mark of brightly colored powder or paste) on her brother's forehead.
After the sister finishes, the brother pledges to protect, honor and love his sister. In most traditions, the brother and sister then hug. In most traditions, the sister then hand feeds her brother special sweets.
nuts and dried fruits), banana "cutlets,"and
In some traditions, the brother then feeds his sister sweets; in other traditions, the brother gives his sister some sort of gift such as clothing or something particular to her.
In Nepal, instead of sweets, sisters feed their brothers kwati, a special soup for the holiday. Kwati is
made of the sprouts of nine plants: chickpea, soybean, field pea, garden pea, cowpea, field bean, rice bean, green lentil and black lentil
It is customary for the brother to wear the tikka mark and the rakhi wristband for the entire day to school or work.
Happy Raksha Bandhan!
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