Raksha Bandhan festival
Raksha Bandhan is basically a festival celebrated by Rajput
women. It slowly was accepted by all the women
across India. Today it is one of the most popular festivals. It
is a festival of brother & sister.
When & How Raksha
Bandhan is celebrated?
Raksha bandhan is celebrated on Shravan Shuddha Paurnia (Full Moon Day),
hence it is also known as Rakhi Paurnima.
Sister invites brother in her house. Perform "Aukshan", ties a "Rakhi
- a sort of bracelet made of cotton/silk thread with a decorative piece made
of different materials right from gold to plastic. Sister then urges
her brother to protect her in all situations. Offers him sweets like "Pedhe",
Barfi, Srikhand, Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai etc...
Brother then offers some gift to the sister and promises her to protect
her in any situation.
Importance of Raksha Bandhan?
This festival reminds us the pure love between a sister & brother.
It also reminds every brother to protect & take care of his sister in
every situation, where she needs help.
If a person does not have real sister, he should adopt one & provide her
protection as needed.
This festival tells us that all the men should treat other women like
sisters and protect them.
If this relation is well understood & preserved women across the world
will be fearless & will not be exploited.
Paurnima is a festival celebrated by the fishermen to worship the ocean so
that they do not face problem in the sea while fishing.
When & How is Narali Paurnima celebrated?
Narali Paurnima is celebrated on Shravan Shuddha Paurnia
(Full Moon Day).
In Hindu Culture Coconut has extra
ordinary importance. A coconut tree is known as "Kalpavruksha" (the
beneficent tree of heaven - A Tree that brings
a lot of prosperity in the life of a person). No part of coconut is
wasted. Coconut tree leaves are used to make roofs of houses in the
coastal areas of India. They are also used to make
brooms. The strings on the coconut cover are used to make very strong
threads which are used in day to day life. Coconut water is used to
make popular cold drink. Wet Coconut as well as dry coconut is used to
make different food items. Coconut milk is extracted from wet coconut
and used to create a cold drink. It is also used in preparing many
Coconut oil is used as cooking oil and
to apply to the hair and for body message.
husk is used as fuel.
Therefore coconut is
used in all the religious functions. It is also used to felicitate &
honor a person. Ladies offer it as a gift to each others and wish a
long happy married life.
On this day all the
fishermen from Konkan area of Maharashtra gather together on the sea shore &
offer coconuts to the Sea. A feast is given to all the community with
Sweet coconut rice, & other sweets made from dry & wet coconut.
Importance of Narali
This day tells us to pay respect
the mother nature.