18 August (Thur)– In 2016
Cause – Festival of bond between Brother and Sister
The legendary pledge of security between a brother and a sister against all odds and misfortunes that may be in store for them is taken on Raksha Bandhan day that is celebrated on Purnima, i.e., the day of the full moon in the month of Sawan in Hindu calender. As per English calendar, it falls in July or August.
On this day sister ties “Rakhi” on the right hand of her brother. The delicate thread of a Rakhi signifies the toughest bond of them all – that of a brother and a sister. The simple unassuming act of tying a Rakhi on one’s wrist isn’t just a festive occasion. It evokes strong and intense emotions and symbolize that the brother will safeguard her from all kinds of difficulties throughout her life.
Raksha Bandhan is a very old Indian festival celebrated all over India. The unspoken pledge between the siblings to reinforce a protective bond transgresses even religions and borders instances of which can be easily found in ancient Indian literature as also in modern history books. It isn’t without surprise that Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs as well as Parsis are known to partake in the occasion that signifies sibling love irrespective of religion, race or community.
Another festival called “Narli Pournima”( festival of coconut) is also celebrated on the same day. On this day the fisherman & other persons whose business is related with sea, worship sea by offering it coconut so that the sea should remain calm throughout the year for their safety.