Raksha Bandhan also known as Rakhi Purnima or Rakhi festival is an ancient Indian festival. It celebrates the bond of love and affection between a sister and a brother. As per ritual, the sister ties a thread (known as Rakhi) on the wrist of his brother and marks a tilak on his forehead. The brother promises to always protect his sister. While for celebrations, fairs are held in most of the towns, where beautiful rakhis are sold. Women and girls visit these fairs and select their favorite rakhi. Some girls prefer to make rakhi of their own.
Chandan Roy Sanyal: “It’s been long time celebrating Raksha Bandhan now. But according to the ongoing scenario of our society it’s been important to showcase the value of a sister. The society is been taking a reverse gear, women need to be nurtured and protected from the evils and who else is there, than a dear brother for her protection.”
Mahika Sharma: “Raksha Bandhan reinforces the love between a brother and a sister. It is the duty of every brother to protect his sister. The sister keeps praying for the well-being, success, and safety of her brother. The brother promises to safeguard his sister under all circumstances. It helps to build a healthy family relationship. Wish I could have a brother but I am really happy to have elder sister, she protects and loves me every now and than. For me its a sibling festival never mind if it’s bhai-bhai, sister-sister or brother-sister.”
Madhura Naik: “In an emotional country like India where relations are cherished like a religion, a bond between a brother and sister is a true identity of the culture of our country. Even though we celebrate Rakhi once in a year, it’s the trust and love that a brother and sister look forward to between them all through the year. So on this occasion of Rakhi, I would like to thank my brothers for sharing this bond with me and I’m sure it will grow stronger with time.”
Prateik Babbar: “Raksha Bandhan signifies the bond between a brother and a sister which according to me is the sweetest and purest form or love for your family. It encompasses all the little fights, the secrets, the shenanigans and all. Raksha Bandhan just encapsulates all this in one day.”
Hanif Halal: “I haven’t really celebrated Raksha Bandhan in its true sense or ritual. But it’s always been a great bonding experience in my life with the few people that I care about. I haven’t been able to keep in touch with all the sisters I have made over the years, but the fact that genuine care, love and affection can reside in our hearts, even though we are not biological siblings or cousins, warm my heart and keep my faith in basic humanity, love and respect at its peak.”