Raksha Bandhan

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.

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9 thoughts on “Raksha Bandhan

  1. Hello Manjulaji,
    I live in London and i m a great follower of your food blog. I have referred you blog to many of my friends. Your recipe is simple and tasty. Thanks for guiding us !

  2. hi manjula aunty…when you make khoya…sometimes you use 1/2cup of heavy cream with1cup of milk powder…and sometimes you use 1cup heavy cream with 1 cup of milk powder…so,what the difference in both of these?..and in peda recipe use simple milk with butter..so can you explain these changes?….thanks

  3. Dear Manjula

    I would like to take your posting as an oppotunity to tell you how fond I am of your food blog.

    I’m a 57-year-old-Indian-Food fan from Switzerland and I have subscribed to your web site a while ago. Especially your videos are extremely helpful for someone with no clue about making traditional items like idly ore even more elaborate dishes. I even have got myself a lap top only for my kitchen in order to have your videos running while preparing a particular dish. In fact, I do rarely cook anything else but Indian food anymore. My friends and my daughter are very happy to help me eating ;o))

    A big thank you also for explaining your festivities that helps a lot to understand you holidays and Indian ways of living.

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  4. Can you please suggest a menu for Rakshabandhan day. My family will be visiting me along with uncle-aunts and cousins ~ 25 ppl. I am looking for a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. 🙂 Please help.

    Thank you in advance.

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