Raksha Bandhan 2023: is a traditional Indian festival to commemorate the eternal bond of love between brothers and sisters. It is an auspicious day for sisters and brothers to strengthen their bond of love and relation. Raksha Bandhan is majorly celebrated in India, which holds cultural and social importance for different religions and societies across India.
The Raksha Bandhan is also known by the name Shravan Purnima(in South) or Rakhi Purnima(In North). In some places of North India, it is also referred to as Kajri Navami or Kajri Purnima. During this time wheat is sown and Goddess Bhagwati is worshipped.
The festival is to celebrate the sacred relationship of sisters and brothers. On this special day, sisters tie colorful rakhi on their brother’s wrists and pray for their well-being and prosperity, while brothers promise their sisters to protect them forever and always.
When is Raksha Bandhan in 2023?
As per the Hindu calendar, the Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated every year on the full moon day of Shravan Shukla Paksha. According to the Georgian calendar, it generally falls in the month of August. This year the festival is celebrated on two dates Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August 2023.
Raksha Bandhan 2023 : Date,Time and Shubh Muhurat
Rakhi Purnima begins at 10:58 am on Wednesday, 30 August
Rakhi Purnima ends at 07:05 am on Thursday, 31 August
What rituals are performed during Raksha Bandhan 2023
There are few basic rituals are followed during Raksha Bandhan, the custom may vary regionally in India with the same significance.
- Days or weeks before the Rakhi Festival, women start to prepare handmade rakhi or shop for colorful readymade rakhi available in the market and also buy gifts for their brothers, whereas brothers also shop for some beautiful gifts for their sisters.
- On the festival day morning, all the siblings and family members gather and thereafter start the ritual by worshipping the deity in their home.
- The women, then tie a sacred thread(rakshasutra) on their brother’s wrist, as a mark of affection, apply tilak and akshat on their forehead and perform aarti and feed them with their favorite sweets and pray for their prosperity and well-being.
- Similarly, their brother vows to protect her for the rest of her life and bestow her with a lot of beautiful gifts, sweets and also pray for her well-being.
Why Raksha Bandhan is important festival to celebrate?
The Raksha Bandhan festival is a symbol of the unbreakable bond of the brother-sister relationship. In India, the festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The word “Raksha Bandhan”, here the name itself depicts “Thread of Protection” where sisters pray for well being of their brother and in turn brother vows to protect their sisters.
Raksha Bandhan is not only observed by biological siblings, the festival rituals are also observed by the men and women who are not biological siblings but share the same feelings. Sometimes it is also observed by close friends, in which people can co-exist peacefully as brother and sister.