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RAKSHA BANDHAN

When is Raksha Bandhan in 2024?

Raksha Bandhan in 2024 is on the Monday, 19th of Aug (8/19/2024).

Raksha Bandhan is on the 232th day of 2024. There are 134 days left in the year.

Raksha Bandhan Facts

  • Date: Aug 19, 2024
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Rakhi, Rakhi Purnima
  • Celebrations: Sisters tie a rakhi on brother's wrist and mark tilak
Raksha Bandhan iImage Credit: Wikipedia

Festivals are the celebration of togetherness in India. They play an important role to build a better society, where positive values flourish and the spirit of co-operation prevails. There are many auspicious days in India, which are celebrating by Indians with a lot of zest and spirit. Rakhi Purnima or Rakha Bandhan is one of them. It is known by various names; Vish Trak - the destroyer of venom, Punya Pradayak- the best ower of boons and the Pap nashak- the destroyer of sins.

In the Indian mythology, a full moon day is considered to be an auspicious day. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi falls on a full moon day in the month of Shravana (August) according to the Hindu lunisolar calendrer. All Hindus do land up to celebrate Raksha Bandhan through-out the world, mainly in India, Nepal and some regions of Pakistan. Raksha Bandhan is known by the different names in different regions of India. The rituals may differ a little from region to region but generally carry the same aura. For the farmers, it is celebrated as "Kajri Purnima". On this day, they started sowing wheat and pray to god for good crops and in the costal-regions of India this day is celebrated as "Narayali Purnima". The day is devoted to the God Indra (God of rain), and the God Varuna (God of sea).

Raksha Bandhan has a deep rooted historical significance. There are many legends linked with the past of Hindu religion. According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that on every Shravana Purnima day the deity Yamuna used to tie a sacred thread on Yama's (God of death) wrist. Yama was so impressed and touched by the serenity of this custom that he declared, who ever got a rakhi tied from his sister would become immortal. From that day the traditional has been performed by the people. Another legend is related to the Mahabharata. In Mahabharata, there is an incident where Lord Krishna was hurt during the war with king Shishupal, and left with bleeding finger. At that moment, Draupati had torn a piece of cloth and tied around his wrist to stop bleeding. Krishna was touched by her gesture and promised to reply her love and devotion in future, whenever she needs that. The legend of mighty king Bali and the deity Laxmi (Goddess of wealth) is also a popular one. But the story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence in history related with this festival. Rani Karnavati, a widow queen of the king Chittor sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun with a request to save her dignity. The Emperor Humayun touched by the gesture and started with his troops without wasting any time to save her honour but before he reached there, rani performed Joher and sacrificed her life.

Thus, Raksha Bandhan is an ancient Hindu festival, means "a knot of protection", a symbolic renewal of one of the most beautiful emotion in humans. On this auspicious day, as per the tradition sister worship the God and ties a sacred thread on her brother's right wrist and prays for his prosperous future. It exhibits her love and affection for her brother and in the return brother ritually pledges to protect, guard and guide her through her thick and thins for the rest of his life and blesses her with good wishes. They also exchanges gifts and enjoy the day. Now a days, as the life style of the people has been changing, the sisters and brothers who are living away from each other send their wishes through cards and e-mails.

The festival of rakhi brings entire family together and strengthens the bond of love and affection between the siblings. A life long promise is made by the brothers on this day is the essence of brother and sister relationship. Thus it is a symbol of purity of relationship between them.

Author: Dr. Nidhi Jindal

Raksha Bandhan Observances

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Tue
  • Aug 20, 2013
  • Sun
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  • Sat
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  • Mon
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MondayMonJan 01, 2024Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 15, 2024Jan 15Makar Sankranti / Pongal
FridayFriJan 26, 2024Jan 26Republic Day
FridayFriMar 08, 2024Mar 08Maha Shivaratri
SaturdaySatMar 09, 2024Mar 09Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
MondayMonMar 25, 2024Mar 25Holi
FridayFriMar 29, 2024Mar 29Good Friday
ThursdayThuApr 11, 2024Apr 11Eid-ul-Fitar
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2024Apr 17Ram Navami
SundaySunApr 21, 2024Apr 21Mahavir Jayanti
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2024May 01Labour Day
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2024May 23Budhha Purnima
MondayMonJun 17, 2024Jun 17Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SundaySunJul 07, 2024Jul 07Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17Muharram
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2024Aug 15Independence Day
MondayMonAug 19, 2024Aug 19Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 26, 2024Aug 26Janmashtami
SaturdaySatSep 07, 2024Sep 07Vinayaka Chaturthi
SaturdaySatSep 14, 2024Sep 14Onam
MondayMonSep 16, 2024Sep 16Milad un Nabi
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2024Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
SaturdaySatOct 12, 2024Oct 12Dussehra / Dasara
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2024Oct 31Diwali / Deepavali
FridayFriNov 15, 2024Nov 15Guru Nanak's Birthday
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WednesdayWedFeb 07, 2024Feb 07National Signing Day
FridayFriFeb 09, 2024Feb 09National Pizza Day
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WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15National Bagel Day
SundaySunFeb 18, 2024Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2024Feb 22National Margarita Day
ThursdayThuFeb 29, 2024Feb 29Leap Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2024Mar 01National Employee Appreciation Day
ThursdayThuMar 07, 2024Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 10, 2024Mar 10Daylight savings
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ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Walkout Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Pi Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2024Mar 20National Proposal Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2024Mar 23National Puppy Day
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ThursdayThuApr 04, 2024Apr 04National Burrito Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2024Apr 07National Beer Day
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FridayFriApr 12, 2024Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 02, 2024May 02National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 12, 2024May 12Mother's Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Towel Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 07, 2024Jun 07National Donut Day
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WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21National Ice Cream Day
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SundaySunAug 04, 2024Aug 04National Sister Day
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