Sunday, August 7, 2011

Raksha Bandhan - With an American Flair

According to Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI), Raksha Bandhan is an annual holiday to celebrate the everlasting bond between a brother and a sister. Traditionally the sister ties a rakhi around the brother's wrist as a symbol of this bond and she prays for his long life and for him to be blessed in life. Not necessarily at the same time though. There are also other rituals performed but I won't be learning about those first hand this year because none of my brothers are in the country. The holiday will be celebrated on August 13th this year.

The rakhi is like a friendship bracelet somewhat and usually has a silk thread in it. You can get cheaper versions of course without the thread. I can't find where I read about the silk but it's supposed to be important and most ppl understand the importance of silk generally when they hear the word.

I've decided to do things a little different than the norm for this years festivities. This isn't the first time I've celebrated or made my own rakhis but it's my first time since I got married. I began making my own rakhis while living in the US because, as I'm sure you can guess, the bracelets are not available in small town America. Here is a pic of some of the rakhis I made this year.



I'm sure you notice these are typical friendship bracelets. However, I worked silk ribbon into the patterns. I'm hoping it goes well because this year I have more brothers lol. I only officially had one brother before I got married, though I sent hubby's brother a rakhi each year that we were engaged. This year I mailed his rakhi to Australia so he would have it in time. I was happy to find that there were such nice cards here for the occasion. Last time I had to make my own card too. I'm crafty though so it wasn't bad at all. It just wasn't the beauty I would have wanted lol with all my clunky Gurmukhi in there. I also mailed my blood brother a rakhi and card too.

This is the first one I've made him so we shall see how it goes. I will definitely come back and update you. In person this year I will be tying a rakhi on 2 cousins and one nephew. Brothers, in India, extend outwards to your extended family. I made extra rakhis just in case anyone else shows up lol. There are a couple of family members I think should be included but they may not come. I just think it's better to be prepared.

4 comments:

  1. wow...you made beautiful rakhis...love all of them. <3

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  2. you hav nice blog..m following you..:)

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  3. wow...those are beautiful...

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  4. Vertu- Thank you for both comments! I wish I had taken pictures of the one for my brother and BIL before mailing them. Those were red and sparkly gold with a different design. But they had to go in the mail in a hurry to make it to them and I missed it.

    SUB - Thank you!

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