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Celebrate Rakhi on 26th Aug, 2018

Rakhi Around The world

Rakhi Around the World

Raksha Bandhan is the festival which is celebrated in India to celebrate the pious bond between brothers and sisters. It is the occasion which is observed to embolden this bond that gives an opportunity to relive all those moments that have been significant in brother sister’s life. The day is the symbol that their love is so very pious that it existence is perennial. Although, Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival but its craze is so very rampant that it is celebrated by all beliefs of people and all the communities that exist in India.

The interesting thing is, not only in India but this only but the most loved festivals which is dedicated to relishing the relationship between sisters and brothers, is celebrated by the Indians living in other parts of the world. In other words, with globalization, the festival has become truly global.

Instead of the festival being observed in a swarm of countries all through the world, the core value still is the same wherever it is celebrated. Raksha thread refers to the pious thread that every sister ties on the wrist of her brother on this day, wishing for the long life and well-being of her brother who in return vows to protect his sister. Here, we are going to discuss how the festival is celebrated in various parts of the world:

Rakhi in Europe

With great zeal the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated all around in Europe! A considerable portion of Indian population live in Europe and every year these Indian Europeans come together to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. These people living away from their homeland also see this opportunity as a means of developing the sense of brotherhood among the fellow Indians living there in Europe. Sisters tie the thread of love called Rakhi on their brother’s wrist same as is done in India which fosters the bond further.

Celebrating Raksha Bandhan in the US

We all know that a large part of Indian population is a part of the US which is considered to be the hub of great job opportunities and educational centres. All those Indians residing in various parts of the US take it as an opportunity to strengthen the bond between their fellow Indians so as to be in touch with their core values feel connected to their home land. In US also the festival is celebrated with the similar way and the day starts off by Rakhi Puja. Sisters tie the Rakhi thread on their brother’s wrist and apply Tilak on their forehead. Sweets and Rakhi gifts are also special delight of the Raksha Bandhan celebration. While, sisters pray for the long life of their brothers, brothers present their sisters with Rakhi return gifts and vow to protect them for the rest of their lives.

Celebrating Rakhi in Nepal

As much as 81% of the population of Nepal is dominated by Hindus! And, that is the reason almost all the festivals that are celebrated in India are a part of Nepal. Raksha Bandhan is also one of those festivals which, is celebrated in Nepal with so much of zeal and grandeur. It often looks like mini India as you can see Indians in large number in corner of the country. The festival is celebrated in similar manner as in India which instils faith in this great relationship. In the Raksha Bandhan festival, after the Rakhi tying ceremony is followed by gifts exchange and get together with the family.

Rakhi is an important festival and is celebrated not only in India but also by the Indians living in various parts of the world. So, wherever you are you can celebrate this festival of Raksha Bandhan with great fervour with the fellow Indians.

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