When is Rakshbandhan 2022: Raksha Bandhan, a popular, traditionally Hindu, celebration or ceremony, is central to a festival of the same name celebrated in South Asia, and in other parts of the world significantly influenced by Hindu culture.
Rakhi the festival of love, care and affection of brothers and sister is also referred as Raksha Bandhan in India. It is the festival that is celebrated by the Hindu Indians based all over the country. The festival is a day marked for brothers and sisters to strengthen their bond of love and care they hold in hearts for each other.
Thus every year usually in the month of August Indians come together for the celebration of Raksha Bandhan with great fervor and joy.
On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the Rakhi, around the wrists of their brothers, symbolically protecting them, receiving a gift in return, and traditionally investing the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care.
Raksha Bandhan 2022: Date
In 2022, Raksha Bandhan will be observed on August 11. This day is celebrated in Shravan month during full moon day or Purnima day.
It is said that the Raksha Bandhan ritual should not be done during Bhadra since it is malicious during which no auspicious work should be done.
Raksha Bandhan 2022: Time
- Purnima tithi begins at 10:38 am on August 11, 2022
- Purnima tithi begins at 07:05 am on August 12, 2022.
It is best to tie Rakhi during Aparahna time, so in case it is not available, Pradhosh time is also suitable for the ceremony.
Raksha Bandhan 2022: History
The story of Raksha Bandhan is related to the Hindu epic Mahabharata. In Mahabharata, Lord Krishna once cut his finger which then started bleeding. Seeing this Draupadi then tore a piece of cloth from her saree and tied it on his finger to stop the bleeding. The piece of cloth then became a sacred thread.
Considering the cloth that she tied a sacred thread, Krishna promised her that he will protect her from all evils throughout his life. When the Kauravas tried to disrobe Draupadi — after pulling her by her hair, dragging her to the court, and manhandling her — Krishna salvages her dignity by providing immeasurable reams of cloth to keep her covered.
The act of Draupadi tying a piece of cloth on Krishna’s wounded finger is synonymous with Raksha Bandhan — a girl tying rakhi on her brother’s wrist and he, in turn, promising to protect her just as Krishna protected Draupadi.
Raksha Bandhan 2022: Significance
The festival of Raksha Bandhan makes the bond between brother and sister stronger. Sisters tie a thread to their brother’s wrist and in return receive a gift and a promise of lifetime protection.
Sisters also apply ‘tilak’ on the forehead of their brothers to complete the ceremony. Brothers also offer their sisters sweets apart from promises to keep them protected.
Raksha Bandhan 2022: Rakha Bandhan Rituals
Raksha bandhan is marked by quite a few rituals, which vary regionally in India. Some typical rituals are:
- Days or even weeks before the actual festival, the women start preparing for Raksha bandhan. They shop for Rakhi or the ceremonial thread which is tied around their brother’s wrists. In return, the brothers shop for gifts for their sisters.
- On the morning of the festival day, the siblings get together along with other members of the family. The ritual typically starts with lighting a lamp in front of a deity; the women then tie rakhi on their brothers wrist, apply tilak on their forehead and give them sweets, dry fruits, etc.
- While tying the Rakhi, the sister often prays for the well-being of her brother, this ritual may also include an aarti thali, which is a tray with a lighted lamp, flowers, sweets, and other things, which is rotated around the brother’s face.
- The brother in return gives gifts to his sister, he also gives sweets, and dry fruits etc, to his sister as well. They hug and the elders give blessings to the children. The brothers wear the Rakhi for several days as a reminder and as a mark of respect for their sister’s love.