Rakhi Gifts to India
Raksha Bandhan is a traditional Indian festival in which the sisters tie sacred threads in the wrist of their brother and the brother ion turn takes a promise in order to ensure her safety in all respects. By accepting the thread from the sister, the brother is bound to protect his sister from all harm and evil. The sanctity of the thread that the sister ties in the wrist of the brother makes the relationship glow with noble thoughts and blessings of love, devotion and the duty of the brother to protect his sister from all dangers. The people of India value their relationship and their day starts with the worship of their parents and remembrance. So in a spiritual country like India where relationship is valued the significance of rakhi has a great impact upon the people of India.
This festival is celebrated on a full moon day in the Hindu month of Shravan where the significance of rakhi is distinctly visible and the threads of rakhi is considered to as strong as the iron chains as it binds the bond between the brothers and sisters into an everlasting relationship of trust and love. Sisters apply ‘tilak’ on their brother’s forehead and also places some rice particles which stands as a symbol of blessing and good wishes from the sisters for their brothers. The brother reciprocates such act on the part of their sister by presenting exciting gifts and tokens of cash.
The sisters in turn also buy and send gifts for their brother and those who don’t have their own brothers then in such cases they tie rakhi to others so as to initiate the a new brother sister relationship that continues for lifetime. The significance of this festival has expanded and people celebrate this day with great enthusiasm. The aim of rakhi festival is to develop universal brotherhood and removal of all social strains and it is accompanied with harmonious existence. It strives to imbibe noble thoughts in the society and cultivates feelings of equality among all the people of a parriculr society. There are several incident derived from history that actually lays stress on the fact of the impact of rakhi among the society and the feature that it can imbibe universality among the society.
The festival is deep rooted in the psyche of every Indian since the past. According to the sayings of some legends that the Rajput and Maratha queens sent rakhis to the mughal kings despite the indifferences among them and eventually they rose to protect them from all harm and dangers. There is lot of rakhis available in the market encompassing both the traditional and modern themes which includes thread rakhis, silver coin rakhis, silver rakhis, pearl rakhis, and many more. There are also rakhis available for the children and the available types are chocolate rakhis, superman, batman, pokemon, Mickey Mouse rakhis and many more.
On this particular day brothers and sisters send cards to each other and traditional gifts always mark the occasion. There are several types of gifts that includes Rakhi baskets with ethnic stuff on rakhi , fashion jewellery , gift hampers, ethnic dresses like saris, kurti, Punjabi suits, traditional puja thalis, dress materials, some famous Indian sweets like Kaju barfi, laddoos, kaju katlis, pendas, dry fruits like cashew nuts, raisins, almonds, etc. Other gift items which are normally presented by the sisters to their brothers includes apparels, perfumes, watches, electronic gadgets, sunglasses, mobile , t-shirts, kerchiefs, trousers, wallets, belts, etc. Without gifts the celebration of rakhi is not complete and the markets are crowded with people buying gift items for their brothers or sisters on this holy occasion.