Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) is a celebration of much joy and heartiness. Families come together, bonds are strengthened, and no matter where and how the family is, there is a reminder that our relationships are the biggest gift that we have.

How is it celebrated in India today? Read on to find out. 

Raksha Bandhan 2022 date and public holiday

The date for Raksha Bandhan every year is decided by the Hindu calendar, which changes according to the waxing and waning of the moon. However, this date usually falls in mid-late August. This year, Raksha Bandhan is set to be held on Thursday, 11 August.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as public holiday in almost every North Indian state and several South Indian states.

How is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?

Raksha Bandhan is one of the more low-key festivals in the Hindu calendar. However, that does not dull the joy of Hindus who celebrate it in the slightest. Traditionally, Raksha Bandhan is meant to commemorate the familial bond between brother and sister.

Raksha(protection) Bandhan (a tie) literally means “something tied that grants its wearer protection.” Keeping in line with this, sisters will tie a band of satin or cotton, called a Rakhi, to the wrists of their brothers.

The brothers will, in turn, give their sisters either gifts or money.

In addition to this main ceremony, Raksha Bandhan grants families a chance to get together and celebrate in an informal setting, and sweets and gifts are distributed all around.