Raksha Bandhan is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in India. It is also one of the holiest festivals in the country too. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in most parts of the country. The festival is even celebrated in many countries where a large number of NRIs are living, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, and a few others.
In this article, we have compiled a list of interesting, important, unknown and mind blowing facts about Raksha Bandhan.
10 Interesting and Amazing Facts About Raksha Bandhan
1. Different Names of Raksha Bandhan Festival
Raksha Bandhan is also known as “Rakhi Purnima”, or “Rakhi”, or “Rakhri” around the country. Most of people prefer to say Raksha Bandhan.
2. Celebrated Around the World
Raksha Bandhan is not only celebrated in India but in a few other countries too, some of them are, Nepal, Mauritius, Pakistan, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Sri Lanka, UAE, and other.
3. Observed By Other Religious Too
It is mainly observed by Hindus and Jains in India and around the world. Still, it is jointly organized by other religious too, which includes the Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians.
4. Unique Way of Celebration by an NGO Each Year
Hridaya, an NGO started celebrating Raksha Bandhan in an unique way. They promotes men ties rakhis on women seeking protection from the ‘misuse’ of section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. It is one of the strange facts about Raksha Bandhan.
5. A Festival of Exchanging Gifts
After sister tied the knot on her brother’s wrist, brother gives money as part of shagun to their sisters. Sometime, brother give gifts to his sister as part of celebration.
6. Why Sister Tie Rakhi on Brother’s Wrist?
Did you know? Why sister tie the rakhi on brother’s wrist? Sister takes promise from her brother that he will protect her. It is one of the most important facts about Raksha Bandhan.
7. When is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?
Raksha Bandhan dates varies each year. The festival falls on the Shravan Purnima which is a full moon day of shravan month.
8. Modern Day Style of Celebration
In this modern era, many people share SMS and Wishes through the mobile phones and computer. Sending e-cards and e-greetings is the new trend among the youth. Sending out Raksha Bandhan gifts via e-commerce website is also a new trend in India.
9. The Story of Lord Krishna and Draupadi
According to the old belief, Lord Krishna cut his hand while flying a kite. Immediately, Draupadi tore a piece of cloth from her saree and tie it on the Lord Krishna’s hand. In return, Lord Krishna promised that he will protect Draupadi in any condition. Lord Krishna protected her during Cheer Haran.
10. The Story of Alexander the Great and Porus
In the historical event, it is believed that the King Porus restrained Alexander the Great from killing because Alexander’s wife sent him a rakhi.
Article first published on May 20, 2016.