This Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated in major parts in our country. Mumbai being a metropolitan city, let us refresh our memory over the significance of this holy festival 'Raksha Bandhan'. Some people devote this festival to God Indra, and Varuna and pray for good rain. In Mumbai, people go to the Marine Drive, sea face, and break coconuts and let it float in the sea.
This day falls in the month of Shravan, at the end of the monsoon when the weather becomes very pleasant. This festival is also known as 'Raki Purnima" or just Raki.
On this auspicious day, sisters tie a string in the wrist of their brothers, and put a knot to denote the never ending relationship between a brother and a sister. The bondage between the siblings are get strengthened every year by celebrating the festival in the family. The brother and sisters take oath to protect each other during their entire life.
Married sisters invite their brothers home, and welcome them with Aarti and pray for their well being; offer sweets and entertain them with good meals, etc. Tie a string in the brother's wrist - the material whether it is of gold, pearl, diamond or just a shiny thread is immaterial. The bonding is the one that counts. In return, brothers also give something to the sisters according to their wish.
What about people who are lone child, have no siblings. No problem, what they do is they consider their neighbors irrespective of their religion, and relatives as brothers and sisters and celebrate this holy festival of tying an unbreakable knot to establish the bondage of protection to each other.
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