Raksha Bandhan is a festival with deep roots in India. It has been celebrated in India and its neighbouring
countries for thousands of years. Mostly due to its age, the modern festival of Rakhi has a lot of myths,
and legends associated with it. But the common thing among these stories and fables is that there
is the common element of a brother and sister relationship, strengthened by the tying of a Rakhi, a
holy thread.While people tend to focus on the historical and mythological reasons behind why we
celebrate Raksha Bandhan, we tend to look at the present.
Modern Relevance and Significance
They say that the Rakhi gives the brother immense strength and will, power beyond measure; a power greater
than any other – the power of the bond between a brother and a sister.
There are many other stories about Rakhi and Raksha Bandhan, all with the same concept of Rakhi giving the
We know that the festival evolved and modified over time, to become the modern festival where the sister ties
her brother the Rakhi, in return for her protection. The sister also prays for her brother’s welfare and safety.
But with our ever-changing time and fading morals, Raksha Bandhan is a festival as important as any other.
It highlights relationships and their true meaning. Something essential to the very fabric of existence.
In a time where people are getting distant, forgetting their relations, focusing only on their own selves, this
festival teaches us to stay in touch with those who truly matter.
Friends go away, money goes away, your dreams go away, your hopes go away, everything goes away;
only your family stays with you.
And among the family, the ones who can truly understand you, the only ones that can truly understand you,
are your siblings.
But what do we do?
With the pressures of modern life, we forget those who really matter.
We forget our siblings.
The ones who we truly love and understand.
The ones who truly love and understand us.
The ones who stand by us, no matter what happens.
The ones who we don’t call
The ones who are abandoned by us
The ones who are waiting for that single visit.
So this year, on Raksha Bandhan, instead of a packed gift made by some company,
give your siblings more valuable.
Book a flight.
Ask them to meet you.
Or surprise them.
And when you wonder why you are going through all this trouble,
Look at their smile,
And there you have it.
Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
That is the reason right there.
Happy Raksha Bandhan