In India, Rakhi is celebrated with lot of fun and frolic. Besides tying rakhis on the brother's hand, gift exchanges, relishing tempting and mouth watering sweets, lots of other elements are also present. These acts make the Rakhi festival all the more interesting and one is always looking forward for this day to arrive.
Ladies have always been fond of putting Mehendi on their palms. But
during the festival of Rakhi Mehendi has special importance. On the
occasion of Rakhi they decorate each others' palms with different styles
of Mehendi such as Marwadi, Shekhawati or Mumbaiya style. Thus Mehendi
has become a part of the Rakhi festival.
Dressing of Brothers and Sisters:
Brothers: On the auspicious day of Rakhi the brothers usually prefer to
go for traditional outfits like Kurta-Payjamas, Pathan Suits,
Kurta-Jeans etc. Sometimes they also like to wear formal outfits like
Shirt with Trousers or Shirts with Jeans.
Sisters: The sisters, if married, mostly love to tie designer sarees
with little or heavy zari work. The unmarried sisters go for
Salwar-Kurta, Chudidaar-Kurta, Saree, Lehengas, Parellels-Short Kurtas
or other apparels.
In modern times, when a large number of the brothers and sisters stay
away from each other due to their educational, job or married life
responsibilities, they send Rakhi-Cards to each other. They express
their feelings towards each other with the help of beautiful
Rakhi-Cards, with a printed message, available in the market. The
sisters, who are not able to reach their brothers on this auspicious
day, send the Rakhi for their brothers through postal or courier
On the festive occasion of Rakhi the markets are decorated profusely.
Wide variety of colorful and beautiful fancy and designer Rakhi is
available in the market. These are made of Resham or Zari threads and
are decorated with different items like beads, semi-precious stones or
imitation jewellery, sometimes also with silver and gold. Price of Rakhi
varies according to the materials used in making them.
Happy Rakshabandhan !!! Let the celebrations begin.