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Raksha Bandhan: From a Simple Thread to a Sacred Bond

August 17, 2013
Ganesh card for Rakhi

Divine Devotion – Ganesh greeting card ideal for Raksha Bandhan by Ananya

Raksha Bandhan sweets

Raksha Bandhan Indian sweets

There is one special day every year in the Hindu faith when a simple thread becomes the symbol of love and protection between a brother and sister. The thread or ‘Rakhi’ is tied by the sister on her brother’s wrist and is considered stronger than a metal chain because it has been imbued with prayers and mantras for the wellbeing and protection of her brother. At that moment, it is transformed from a simple thread to a sacred bond.

That special day falls on the full moon in the lunar calendar month of Shravan (usually in August) and is called ‘Raksha Bandhan’ – the bond of protection. The sister offers her brother sweets as a symbol of her love, and the brother in turn offers her a gift of cash, clothes or jewellery and a promise to protect her and be there for her whenever she needs help. It is a day for celebrating and re-enforcing the ties between brothers and sisters.

Rakhi thread

The thread of Raksha Bandhan

Indian Sweets

Raksha Bandhan Semolina sweets


An Indian Muslim trader checks the Rakhi as he prepares a bunch of them for sale at his shop in India.

‘Rakhis’ have evolved a lot with the changing times, and there are ‘Rakhis’ available in every colour and size, from big and bold to studded with semi-precious stones, to floral. The thread can be replaced by a gold or silver chain and look more like a piece of jewellery than a simple strand of threads. ‘Rakhis’ are becoming more and more ornate with the ‘Rakhi’ vendors in trying to out-do their rivals in coming up with fancier versions each year.

For those sisters living far from their brothers who are not able to personally tie a ‘Rakhi’, Ananya has a range of beautiful, festive coloured cards in which to send your ‘Rakhis’. There are many choices in our Everyday collection, including one from the ‘Love’ series or one featuring the Ganesh God to show him how much he means to you, or even a Thank You card or Note Card to tell him how much you appreciate him.

Paisley card

Golden Paisley greeting card and notecards by Ananya

How will you show your brother that you care?

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 25, 2012 9:32 am

    I liked the information shared here about the Raksha Bandhan festival. Thank you for all your efforts.
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