Raksha bandhan or Rakhi is on the 3rd of august this year. It’s a festival that celebrates the brother-sister love. The sister ties Rakhi on her brother’s wrist to protect him against evil influences, pray for his long life and happiness and in turn the brother promises to protect his sister from any harm.
So how do I celebrate the festival? Well there’s a funny story to it. Since it’s just me and my sister, we tie Rakhis to our papa and dadu sent from their sisters. And because we were kids when we were learning about festivals and why they are celebrated, so that we didn’t feel left out, (and also we were sad about not getting any gifts, well atleast I was) our mother gave the brilliant idea of tying one on Papa’s wrist from our side too since it’s a festival which celebrates the promise of love and protection.
But after completing my school, I moved to Chandigarh for college, the city where my maternal side lives. And I fall short of words to say how properly I have celebrated this festival in the past few years. All the relatives get together at one place, there is so much warmth, vibrance, mithai and delicious food.
However, since the world is fighting a pandemic, this time it would not be celebrated in the same manner as it always has been. The sisters would not be able to travel to their brother’s home or vice versa to celebrate the festival because of coronavirus induced travel restrictions.
But hey, there is always a way out. You can opt for sending your Rakhi by post and celebrating the festival through video calls. But there would be long queues at the post office and to avoid crowded areas (which is a must in this situation) you can send your Rakhis through e-commerce platforms. There are so many sites on the internet which are offering abundance of beautiful combos and at reasonable prices.
I recently sent my Rakhi through the site Floweraura to my cousin. (And I just wish this was a paid promotion of the site, but no it’s not.) Even the site ferns and petals is giving good Rakhi offers. Initially I used to get most of the flowers and cakes delivered (whenever they had to be delivered distantly) from ferns and petals but then I found floweraura which has an even better range of products to offer, the prices are also reasonable and the quality is good. (Will put the link of the Rakhi combos from Floweraura in the end. You can explore the site and select any combo or gift of your choice. Thank me later.)
Also, I read it in the news that people are sending handmade rakhis. Can I crack the joke that brothers can gift their sisters masks and sanitizers because this is the most important protection the world requires right now?
Fun fact, a Gujarat based rakhi maker every year gives Rakhi packed with a theme message and this year he is conveying the important message regarding covid-19 to wear masks, keep distance and use sanitizers. Concludingly, I would urge my readers to purchase locally made Rakhis because we know how badly the arts and craftsmen have been hit due to the pandemic. (Local ko vocal karo)
Well I would like to end my blog sharing two mythological stories that I read on the internet to know why Rakhi is celebrated. (And trust me there is a galaxy of stories to read, believe whichever you feel is right). I know we celebrate the festivals with great pomp and show but these days lack the essence of knowing why they are celebrated.
The first one is the story of Krishna and Draupadi. Krishna cuts his hand by mistake and Draupadi tears off a corner of her Saree and tied his finger with it to stop the bleeding. In return, Krishna promised to help her out when required and that is why Krishna provided help to her during her unceremonious disrobing by making her saree neverending and protecting her when she needed it the most.
The second one is the story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humanyun. When Rani Karnavati’s kingdom was attacked by Bahadur Shah, she wrote to Humayun for help, sent him a Rakhi and sought protection. At that time, he was in the middle of another military campaign when he abandoned it and returned to help. Unfortunately he couldn’t make it on time and the queen had already set herself to fire but Humayun then restored the kingdom to Karnavati’s son and did not let it fall in the hands of Bahadur Shah.
Let me know in the comments section how you are planning to celebrate Rakhi this time and if you have heard any other mythological story related to it. Also, please like, susbscribe and share my content if you find it worth reading, it keeps me going.
Link to the Rakhi combos on Floweraura : https://www.floweraura.com/p/send-rakhi/amazing-rakhi-signature-box-9921897ra