Raksha Bandhan is a festival that signifies the beautiful and loving relationship between brothers and sisters. My family celebrates Raksha Bandhan with great enthusiasm.
For those who don’t know about this holiday, “Raksha” means protection, and “Bandhan” means binding. Sisters tie a thread called Rakhi (like a friendship band) on their brother’s wrist and pray for their well-being. And in return brothers promise their sisters that they will always take care of them. Traditionally, brothers will give a gift to their sisters and sisters will treat their brothers with sweets. Afterwards there is a feast like other holiday.
I have two sons and no daughters. They celebrate Raksha Bandhan with their cousins. Now each of my sons has a daughter and a son. My sons, their cousins and my grandkids celebrate this holiday together.
My nieces and granddaughter like to make their own Rakhies. They take great pride in making them by hand. Some of their Rakhies are simply weaving different colored threads together and others are fancier with decoration like beads.
Raksha Bandhan is on August 13th and we will have a family brunch at my son’s home. I have been requested not to cook. They want me to relax and enjoy the grandkids. This sounds good to me but I can’t stop myself from wanting to make something special. I am not sure what I will make. But I am going to surprise them with a treat.