Tying rakhi around a brother's wristA woman ties a rakhi, a sacred thread, around her brother’s wrist for a Raksha Bandhan festival in Bangalore, India. (photo: Dibyanshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

Raksha Bandhan literally means “a bond of protection” and Hindus celebrate brotherhood on this day, the full moon day of the Shravan month. It’s a celebration of relationships where the symbolic thread, or rakhi bracelet represents an inseparable bond of love and trust between a brother and sister with a pledge to take care of one another.

If you don’t have a brother or a sister, the goodwill metaphor is intended to apply more broadly to your neighbors and community. Priests may tie rakhis around the wrists of congregation members or close friends share them. Women will tie rakhis around the wrists of the prime minister, or around the wrists of soldiers.

Tying rakhi onto soldiers' wristsIndian college girls tie rakhi onto the wrists of Indian Army Jawans, or soldiers. (photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

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Being an Indian, I can say that you posted right about Raksha Bandhan.

Best time to tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan 2015 is during late afternoon.

Such a beautiful article. I am proud of an Indian.

Tie rakhi onto the wrists of Indian Soldiers. it happen only in india, Very nice article. I alwase proud of an Indian.

This is really great post! I just like it! Happy rakhi to everyone

we also wishing a very happy raksha bandhan


Happy Raksha Bandhan to All . This is the Among Most Cherished Festival as I have Seen Brothers and Sisters from Very Different Part of the World coming Together or At Least Exchanging Rakhis and Gifts .

thanks for the kind information