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5 Tales about the Festival of Rakhi

Photo by musical poet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/musical-poet/) CC-BY-SA 2.0     Sisters tie an elaborate thread of cotton or silk around their brother’s wrist in a prayer of longevity.

Photo by musical poet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/musical-poet/) CC-BY-SA 2.0
Sisters tie an elaborate thread of cotton or silk around their brother’s wrist in a prayer of longevity.

Indians will look for any excuse to celebrate. No one really knows the official number – I’m not sure if there even is one – but according to some national sources, every state observes different public holidays. India cumulatively celebrates an average of one festival every 2.5 days!

So, it’s that time of the year when sisters extract copious amounts of money from their brothers in exchange for tying a little silk thread around their wrists. I’m talking about the festival of Raksha Bandhan aka rakhi, of course, and I wrote a little something for the guys Little India Directory.

I asked my mother once, “Why do I tie rakhi?” The best answer I received was “So that your brother will protect you. It is a tradition.” 

Read the rest here.

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