In 2019 Raksha Bandhan falls on 15 August. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar month of Shravana, and the Gregorian calendar month of August. The full moon day is also referred to as Purnima day, which is why Raksha Bandhan is also referred to as Rakhi Poornima.
The festival is celebrated as a symbol of the duty and love between brothers and sisters.
On this day, a sister ties rakhi or sacred thread around the right wrist of her brother and prays for his prosperity and a long life, while the brother gives her a token gift and promises to always protect her.
Originating from the Sanskrit term, raksha means ‘protection’ and bandhan refers to a ‘bond’ – the term simply translates to a ‘bond of protection’.
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote:
The love in my body and heart
For the earth’s shadow and light
Has stayed over years.
With its cares and its hope it has thrown
A language of its own
Into blue skies.
It lives in my joys and glooms
In the spring night’s buds and blooms
Like a Rakhi-band
On the Future’s hand.
Source: Capricorn Review