Raksha Bandhan

India Celebrated Raksha Bandhan

India Celebrated Raksha Bandhan today the 3rd of August 2020. India and all those who believe in Indian tradition celebrated Raksha Bandhan on 3rd August. This year people celebrated Raksha Bandhan in a limited way. Only indoors celebrations. This is because, the Covid19 protocol is in force.

The celebration is of high importance to the Hindu community. Sisters tie talisman called the Rakhi or Raksha made of ornamental material on the around the wrist of their brothers. This is a representation of protection and care between brothers and sisters. The brothers normally offer their sisters a gift in return. The symbolic ritual makes it the responsibility of the brother to protect his sister.

Mass Rakhi tying sessions are also organized these days. Girls tie Rakhi on the hands of brotherly men, who in tern vow to protect them,as India Celebrated Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan falls in the month of Shravana in the lunar calendar. Raksha Bandhan day falls on the last day of the month of Shravan as per the lunar calender .

Different festivals are celebrated on the day of Raksha Bandhan in different places. In Odisha the day is celebrated as Jhulan Purnima. In Maharashtara it is Narali Purnima. On this day the fishermen offer special prayers to lord Varuna seeking his blessings. In many parts of Northern regions of India and in Jammu and Kashmir, the day is the annual kite festival day.

Avani Avittam

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Avani Avittam

The day is denoted as Avani Avittom among brahmins in south Indian states of Tamilnadu and Kerala. It is on this day that the ritualistic sacred thread changing ceremony takes place. The Brahmins change their sacred thread (Poonool) only once in a year, and the day is Avani Avittom.

For brahmins who follow the Rig Veda cult, the Avani Avittam rituals start with a bath n the morning and getting dressed up in white veshti (dhothi). The holy rituals start with ‘Mahasankalpam’ (this is same for Yajur and Rig Vedics), which denotes a request for forgiving for the sins executed during the entire year. It is normally done by placing the right palm on the left palm. The palms both together in that pose is then placed over the right knee in a sitting position, preferably Padmasana.

Pilleronam (Pilla Onam)

Pookkalam
Kerala Girl making a Pookkalam

In Kerala the day is also celebrated as Pilleronam. This day of the next month in Malayalam calendar is the proper Onam, which is the National festival of Kerala. A small Pookalam (floral design typical for Onam) is made. This is not as big as the real Pookkalam for Onam. To celebrate the occasion, a feast is also arranged.

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