Raksha Bandhan is the most auspicious occasion for all brothers and sisters in India. Whether you have a bro or sis as a sibling or cousin, the emotions are always the same making the bond so pure and eternal with every passing year. The Rakhi festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Sravana monthto be held on 7August 2017this year. If you want to make the occasion the extremely special for your brother or sister, here are some ideas to execute on this day.
Choose the Rakhi for Your Brother
It is not necessary to buy a rakhi from a store. You can make it at home as well. Today people tie different types of Rakhis-traditional stone stud rakhi, character rakhi for kids or anything special. To prepare a Rakhi at home, you need a strong colorful thread-preferably in red or yellow color (these two colors are considered very pious and lucky), beads, good quality adhesive etc. Use a creative approach to make the design very special.
Prepare the Rakhi Pooja Thali
Everyone gets up early in the morning on the RakhiPoornima day. Take bath and get ready early for the pooja so that everything commences at the right moment (according to the muhurat). Preparing the Rakhi pooja thali can be a real fun for the kids. You can ornate the silver or silver plated thali with laces, semi-precious stones and other decorative items. Place diya, roli, chawal, sweets, Rakhi, etc.
Exchange Rakhi Presents
This is the most exciting part of the Rakhi festival for all. Everyone keeps guessing about the rakhi gifts that will come in due course. There are loads of ideas to make DIY gifts like Rakhi cards, personalized coffee mugs, photo frames etc. If you have taken too many small items this year, prepare a large embellished gift box to pack everything in well-organized manner. Many receivers keep these boxes for whole of their life to preserve their precious possessions.
Things to Include in Your Rakhi Hamper
While you can give anything to your brother or sister on this day, there are some special items to include in the basket or hamper. These items include chocolates, assorted festive sweets, dry fruits etc.
Plan anEnticing Treat
If you have a holiday, then there is a lot of time to prepare a great menu for the lunch. However, you can also go outside for dinner or at least have an evening party full of mouth-watering food, beverages and all your favorite dishes.
Some Parting Words,
Complete the pooja rituals quickly in the morning, as you are generally not allowed to eat anything before that. Pray for your brothers and sisters so that the coming year is full of good fortune and health for everyone.
Do not be sad if you do not have your own sibling or cousin to celebrate the Raksha Bandhan. You can invite friends, neighbors or anyone with whom you share the special bond like a brother-sister relationship. Rabindra Nath Tagore inaugurated the festival with a grand message to unite the masses with the spirit of goodwill, harmony, joy and peacefulness that grows beyond religious and other barriers.