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India set to celebrate Raksha bandhan on 73rd independence day

children in kolkata displaying their rakhi

New Delhi, Aug 14 (UITV): Raksha Bandhan 2019 will be observed on August 15. The festival represents the bond and beautiful accord between brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravan Purnima and hence, the festival is also called as Rakhi Poornima.

The festival also corresponds with Upa-Karma (changing the sacred thread for the Brahmins, Avani Avittom in South India). This year it is coinciding with 73rd independence day of india. Brahmins change their janoi (sacred thread) on this day and once again start to study the scriptures. Farmers celebrate the day as Kajri Purnima and sow wheat in their field on this day. In coastal region, the day is celebrated as Narayali Purnima and is dedicated to lord Indra and lord Varuna.

As the country prepares to rejoice Rakshabandhan 2019, we highlight Significance of Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan: On this day, a sister ties rakhi or sacred thread around the wrist of their brother. The festival is seen as a symbol of responsibility between brothers and sisters.

During the rituals, sisters pray for the long life of their brothers. Sisters tie rakhi or the sacred thread on the right wrist of their brother, apply tilak, gift sweets and perform aarti.

In turn, brothers commits to protect their sisters throughout their life and they also give gifts to their sisters.