Raksha Bandhan 2021: History, Significance, Date & Timing

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the purity and sanctity of the bond that exists between siblings. Raksha means safety and Bandhan means bond. This festival is celebrated between siblings for their undying support and a vow of protection of each other under any dire circumstance. This year, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 22nd August which falls on Sunday. This festival is full of joy, merriment, exchange of gifts and sweets. Like all other festivals, even Raksha Bandhan has a deeply traditional and cultural significance.

History Of Raksha Bandhan 2021

Raksha Bandhan has its roots in a popular incident described in the epic, Mahabharata. Once Lord Krishna was flying a kite and cut one of his fingers with the thread. Then Draupadi tore a piece from her saree and tied it on Krishna’s finger to stop the bleeding. Moved by the gesture, Krishna promised her that he will protect her from all evils throughout his life.

This day, when sisters tie rakhi, brothers offer them gifts and sweets. Sweet dishes are cooked at home and all family members wear new clothes.

Significance of Raksha Bandhan 2021

According to Hindu norms, a sister applies tilak on her brother’s forehead and ties a rakhi around his wrist, praying for a happy and healthy life. In return, the brother gifts her with something that she likes or gives cash as a token of appreciation and love. This festival has become more of a playful exchange of gifts and understanding. This is more spirited and lightheaded filled with witty banters exchanged between siblings, friends and families. With changing times, tying rakhi is just not limited to brother-sister. People who feel safe and protected are celebrating Raksha Bandhan by tying rakhi to their elder sisters or friends or distant relatives too. The feeling of Raksha Bandhan has always been about feeling safe and protected.

Raksha Bandhan 2021 Timings

Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi, after the decorative thread sisters tie on their brothers’ wrist, in many parts of India. While it can be celebrated all day long, there is a particular time during which this age-old ritual of tying the rakhi should be done.

According to the Hindu Panchang, the Purnima Tithi for Raksha Bandhan 2021 will begin at 7 PM on August 21 and end at 5:31 PM on August 22.

But the auspicious time for tying the rakhi will begin at 6:15 AM on August 22 and continue till 5:31 PM the same evening.

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