What is Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan, or Rakhi as many people refer to it as, is an annual Hindu festival that falls on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar in the month of Shravan. On this day a Sister ties an auspicious thread, known as a Rakhi, on the wrist of her brother. The brother in turn vows to protect his sister and gives her a gift. In the absence of a real brother many women tie a Rakhi to their cousin brother and/or their male friends too.
What is special about Rakhi?
Hindu Festivals are all about culture, tradition, gaiety and food. I personally consider Raksha Bandhan to be the cool, relaxed and fun festival. As this day of siblings is ‘our day’. We are the ones who decide what we’ll do, what the menu will be and how the day will go.
Growing up as the eldest of a younger sister and brother I thought I was the one who would call the shots. Only to find out I was sadly mistaken. My younger brother declared Raksha Bandhan to be ‘his day’ and decided how it would go, what we would do and what the menu would be.
With a hoard of cousins joining us we formed for a huge jingbang and made the most of this get together.
There was much drama, banter, exchange of gifts and of course endless amounts of food. We played board games and card games or went out for movies and drives. The menu was almost always junk food.
My long distance Raksha Bandhan
I moved to another city post marriage and ever since Raksha Bandhan has become a long distance affair. I made a special trip for Raksha Bandhan twice, in all these years. Yearly trips are not possible though. Earlier, I used to courier the Rakhi to my brother and my sister who lives in the same city would have tie it on his wrist, along with hers. This was the only option I had. Till websites with Raksha Bandhan Special gifts and Rakhis came up. Let me tell you, these sites are a boon for sisters like me, who live away from their brothers.
While some sites have mundane gifts others take special care to give one a choice of unusual and unique gifts. This year I won’t be able to make it home for Rakhi. Thought I am not worried at all, about what Rakhi to send him and what gifs would accompany it. If, like me you want to send Rakhi to Bangalore, India let me share what I plan to gift my brother.
What am I gifting my Brother this Rakhi?
My brother is stylish and loves perfumes. Though he already has a big collection of them, one more would just add to it. I am planning to gift him a fragrance he is sure to love. The bonus is the memento that accompanies it, which says, ‘Partners in crime’ a line that best describes the relationship my brother and I share. So the gift is done, but no festival is complete without sweets, right!
I have picked a Mixed Dry Fruit Sweets Hamper. It comes with a box of Sohan Papri, both of which are my brother’s, and entire sweet loving family’s favorites. This combination comes with a Rakhi Dori made from Rudraksh Beads and the most adorable Roli Chawal Dibbi with a Coin. All in all, a complete package.
I am so relieved that I found my choice of gifts in one place. If you are wondering what to gift your brother too, check out the site for Brother Hamper’s that contain Grooming Kits, Chocolate Hampers and more. There is also an assortment of Mugs, personalised ones too, Water Bottles, Cushions, Pillows, Mementos and so much more!
What will my brother gift me this Raksha Bandhan? I am going to sit back and wait for him to surprise me, and just between you and me share the link of this website, as a helpful nudge.