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The Hindu festival that celebrates the brother–sister bond

The Hindu festival that celebrates the brother–sister bond

Examining the sacred brother–sister bond in Hinduism

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This year, Monday, August 7 marks one of the most important celebrations for Hindus throughout the world: Rakshabandhan, a ceremony honoring the bond between sisters and brothers.

The date of Rakshabandan varies from year to year since Hindus follow a lunar calendar for religious celebrations.

During Rakshabandhan sisters tie a protective thread around the right wrist of their brothers. Brothers give gifts and promise protection to their sisters. The word “rakshabandhan” means “tie of protection.”


Jon Emont | Read the full article at Religion News Service

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Jon Emont

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Posted 7 August 2017

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