How to Celebrate Rakhi?

Rakhi is a festival of love that sister ties on the wrist of her brother and in return she gets an assurance that his brother will protect her from any trouble that she may come across with.
Rakhi is popularly known as Raksha Bandhan and it is celebrated with lot of joy and fun in India. Besides, tying rakhi on the wrist of the brother, this day, brother gives a special gift to her sister and whole family enjoys the mouth watering sweets and togetherness.
On this auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sister decorates their hands with Mehendi on palms with different styles of mehendi, such as Marwadi, Shekhawati or Mumbaiya style. On this day, Brother usually prefer to go for traditional outfits like kurta-pajama etc. At times, they wear formal outfits as well, like shirt with trousers or shirt with jeans depending on their choice, On the other hand sisters mostly love to tie designer sarees with light or heavy work, salwar-kurta, chudidaar-kurta, lehengas, and other Indian traditional apparels.
On this auspicious day, Sisters wake up early in the morning and prepare pooja thali that contains Rakhi thread, Sweets, Roli and Chawal, and Diya to perform aarti of their brother, after that Sister tie Rakhi on the right wrist of her brother and in return he gives her a nice and beautiful gift.

While performing this ritual, Sister generally chant the following 'mantra':

"Suraj shakhan chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne rakhi bandhi  Bhai tu chir jug jee"

This is the blessings of a sister for her brother, which means:

"The sun radiates its sunlight; the radish spreads its seeds, I tie the Rakhi to you O brother and wish that may you live long."

After her prayer for her brother to live a long life, she says that she is tying the ever-protective Rakhi to her brother's wrist and chants the mantra:

"Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala"

This is a 'mantra' mentioned in the 'Hindu Shastras' and means:

"I am tying a Rakhi on you, like the one on mighty demon king Bali. Be firm, O Rakhi, do not falter."

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