With the coronavirus in no mood to leave the country, this year again, many brothers and sisters won't be able to visit each other during the auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan, popularly known as Rakhi is a festival celebrated by the Hindus, rejoicing sibling bond. Raksha Bandhan 2021 will be the second term of Rakhi in the phase of the Covid19 pandemic.
Even though the situation is better this year than the last year, most of the countrymen have got the 1st dose of vaccination, lockdown, and night curfew have been eased out at many places; still, the fear persists. With the predictions of the third wave of coronavirus knocking at the door, taking precautions is mandatory. But, no virus or its fear should wave out the excitement of celebrating this brother-sister relationship. With Raksha Bandhan on Sunday, 22nd of August, we bring you ways to celebrate Rakhi while taking all covid precautions.
We all know that on the day of Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi on her brother's wrist to save him from any mishappening, and the brother pledges to take care of her lifelong. Along with lifetime care, the brother offers gifts and sweets to the sister. Making the celebration more joyous, in some religions, even the sisters bring gifts and hampers for their brothers. Breaking the stereotype, now-a-days even sisters have started tying rakhi to each other, saying that they too take care of each other. This is a lovely gesture representing the change our society is undergoing.
Read below to know the Raksha Bandhan 2021 date, timing, muhurat, and ways to celebrate it with all pomp and show. But, before going into the details of Raksha Bandhan this year, do you know why this festival is celebrated?
The festival of Raksha Bandhan has its origin centuries back during the era of Lord Krishna. As per Mahabharata, one day, Lord Krishna had cut his finger while flying a kite. Seeing him hurt and blood running down his finger, Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas, tore a piece of cloth from her saree and tied it to his finger. This gesture stopped the flowing blood but had deeply touched Krishnaji's heart. Being impressed with this unique gesture of hers, Lord Krishna accepted it as Raksha Sutra (rakhi) and promised to save her from all evils.
With Krishnaji's blessing, Draupadi's saree kept rolling endlessly when the Dushasana tried to disrespect/ disrobe her. This way Lord Krishna and Draupadi protected each other, and the festival of Raksha Bandhan emerged, which is celebrated till date in India and Nepal.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated during the month of Shravana on the day of a full moon, popularly known as the Purnima day. As per the panchang, this year Raksha Bandhan is on Sunday, 22nd of August, 2021. The Purnima tithi begins at 7 pm on the 21st of August and ends at 5:31 pm on the 22nd of August. The Raksha Bandhan 2021 timing is from 6:15 am to 5:31 pm on the 22nd of August (11 hours 16 minutes). The most auspicious time to tie rakhi to your brother and sister-in-law is from 1:37 pm to 4:07 pm (2 hours 36 minutes). It is said that tying rakhi during this time phase of 2 hours 36 minutes will save your relationship from all evil.
Whether you stay under the same roof or miles apart in different countries, Raksha Bandhan is a day that relishes all your childhood memories with your siblings. Visiting each other, this is a day when every brother and sister opens the bag of their memories, however old they may be. But, this year might be a bit different due to the increasing risk of Covid19. Thanks to digitalization that we will still be able to celebrate the bond of brother-sisterhood with full enthusiasm. Let’s see how to enjoy Rakhi with full precautions:
Don’t be sad if you can’t meet each other due to Covid19. Still you can enjoy every moment of the day from tying rakhi at the muhurat to cooking together to singing dancing to surprising your sister with gold pearl pendants buy online to eating together to watching movies. All you need to do is make a video call on WhatsApp or schedule a zoom meeting to connect with your siblings around any corner. Watch movies over screen share or by logging in at the same on Amazon/ Netflix.
You are living in 2021, the digital era in which no virus or distance can stop you from rejoicing the bond of brother and sister. Whether you can meet or not, do not forget to tease each other. The sibling relationship is all about fun, laughter, teasing, leg-pulling, unlimited love and hidden care.
In the excitement of celebrating Rakhi, let’s not forget that coronavirus is still there. Recall the reason why this festival is celebrated. It is a festival to celebrate the bond of brother-sister live, where each prays and promises for the well-being of the other. Make sure to wear a mask on the go, sanitize your hands, and take all covid19 precautionary measures so that no brother or sister is deprived of celebrating this festival in the coming years. Tie your handmade rakhi on your brother’s wrist at Raksha Bandhan 2021 muhurat for maximum blessings.
Wishing you all a responsible, Happy & Safe Raksha Bandhan.