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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi and Panjabi) is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters.

Rakhi

The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother.

The elder brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her same while an elder sister returns offers to her younger brother. Rakhi return gifts are a symbol of his generosity and thoughtfulness. Rakhi return gifts may include jewellery, chocolates and a host of attractive combos.

The brother and sister traditionally feed each other sweets, a.k.a Ladoos! Photo Gallery of Modern Rakhis can be found here.

Le Raksha Bandhan ou Rakhi est une fête indienne qui célèbre le lien de fraternité qui unit deux êtres humains, qu’ils soient frère et sœur dans la vie de famille, ou qu’ils soient de sincères amis, comme des frère et sœur. Ce lien est représenté par un petit cordon que chacun attache à son poignet à l’occasion de ce jour particulier.

Brother Sister

La Soeur accueille son frère avec l’aarti, sorte de plateau où brûle du camphre destiné à honorer un visiteur. Elle lui applique sur le front un tika de chandan (un point de safran) et lui attache au poignet droit le rakhi qui le protègera contre toute influence maligne.

Elle prie également avec ferveur pour son bonheur et son succès. Le frère, de son côté, renouvelle sa promesse de défendre l’honneur de sa sœur jusqu’à la dernière goutte de son sang, la sœur offrira ensuite une friandise ou une confiserie à son frère qui lui offrira le shagun, c’est-à-dire de l’argent en reconnaissance. Il déposera ce don dans un plateau nommé thali.

Le frère portera le rakhi toute la journée. Si le frère n’habite pas le pays, le rakhi lui sera envoyé par la poste ou par porteur. L’offre d’un rakhi est un privilège pour celui qui le reçoit.

Le Raksha-Bandhan Songs (Remember: Old is Gold!):

Every year we celebrate the Raksha Bandhan Festival in Mauritius. I have to stay at home and wait for sisters (including cousines). In the same way, dad waits for the aunties (phouphou) to come. Then we have the Traditional Rakhis tied, not the modern ones. I prefer the love that the sisters take whilst preparing the raksha sutra. Then have to leave the rakhi on my wrist for some days. They say that the maximum days you leave the rakhi in your hand the better it is. Being the youngest brother in the family, the cousines come at my place in the last position and sadly this can be even very late night. I remember once “getting tied” being half asleep. Also mum has to go at Grandma’s place in order to get the mamous tied!

Voila la chanson pour les fréres / soeurs:

To conclude, wishing all brother/ sisters in the world a Happy Raksha Bandhan! May this festival tighten even stronger the love between brothers n sisters (qui ne fait que chamailler la plupart du temps 😀 lol).

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15 responses

  1. Sun

    Nice article! XD im gna get loads of gifts tomorow!! XD

    4 August, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    • ala sozzzzzzzzzzzz! euhh kuma dir ban fréres qui supposer done cadeau ….

      enfin, one thing is for sure: gonna taste lots of Laddoos tomorrow!

      4 August, 2009 at 7:26 pm

  2. No laddoos, but halwa for me. (no, not gajar ka halwa!)
    🙂

    4 August, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    • Carrot normally adores Gajar ka halwa! lol
      Me waiting for the Basan Laddoos or milk laddoo (tan ki laddoo pas kuma roche , OK ;D)

      4 August, 2009 at 8:18 pm

  3. Happy rakhi ti bhai 😛

    4 August, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    • Ala Bhai Yashvin dan baz!
      Ki cadeau to pou donne Daks?

      4 August, 2009 at 8:24 pm

  4. Mo pas assez comme kdo? 😛

    4 August, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    • seki mo rapel seki tone pran ene nom de domaine pour li et ene cool iPod rose.
      Mo sire daks pou content gagne ban tops coleurs rose. enfin anything couleur rose!

      4 August, 2009 at 8:35 pm

  5. Since I haven’t got a brother, I usually tie the rakhee around my dad’s wrist. 😀

    4 August, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    • euhhhhhhhhhhhh Dad’s wrist. hmmmmmmmmmmmm no comments..
      ki gato to preparer sa jour la toi? 🙂 Gajar ka halwa non…lol

      4 August, 2009 at 8:36 pm

  6. @Morinn : lol, first time hearing this one 😛

    4 August, 2009 at 8:35 pm

  7. Thanks for sharing this with us. I saw the tying of the rakhi on MBC when I was in Mauritius. Was more or less like you described it (I kind of remember what the MBC said … as it was not politics 😀 )

    5 August, 2009 at 12:01 am

  8. Heh wish you all a Happy Raksha Bandhan, and especially for this occasion,I have launched the beta version of the 1st Mauritian Facebook application, http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=114483246068
    Do have a look and send rakhis to your brothers and sisters, The biggest Mauritian Facebook Application is launching on Friday. Only palab allowed there….see you there!
    @yashvin and sun: talk to you soon

    5 August, 2009 at 12:20 am

    • Hi Varun. Welcome to my blog.
      ahh so you develop Facebook applications… cool
      Your perso website seems to be recently setup.

      5 August, 2009 at 9:39 am

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