Life gives us all different beautiful reasons and occasions to celebrate different beautiful people of our lives. Beautiful people, who we are absolutely blessed to have in our lives, be it through sharing our bloodline with them or even the ones, we chose to call our family. One such special relationship is that which we share with our siblings. A person quite correctly quoted that siblings are the ultimate cheerleader or entertainers of our lives without whom we can’t possibly lead such a blessed life.
They are our best friends, confidante, support system, guide, advisor to pushing us a little harder to achieve our goals. The eternal bond based on the very foundation of love, trust and friendship is absolutely indescribable and is for this life and beyond. Talking of siblings, let’s talk about some special times which tends to make this special relationship even more special.
- Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan – In the month of August, siblings of India come together to celebrate the affectionate bond shared by a loving brother and sister duo. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a Hindu festival celebrated with great fervour and heightened spirits. “Raksha” translates to protection whereas “Bandhan” translates to bond which makes the entire aim of the festivities quite clear. On this auspicious day, a sister ties a Rakhi or protection band on the wrist of her brother. And the brother, on the other hand, promises to protect her from every evil or trouble. Siblings wear new clothes, choose to pamper each other with some cool rakhi gift for sister and brother and relish some meal along with some delicious desserts. All in all, it is a fun festival to cherish the relationship between a siblings duo.
- Bhai Dhooj – Celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik, Bhai dhooj is one such festival that has every Indian sibling’s duos heart. This festival also goes by the name – Yama Dwitiya, since Lord Yama and his sister Yamuna started this beautiful festival. There are many other mythological tales or folktales etched to this auspicious festival. Two days after Diwali, Bhai dhooj aka Bhau bheej aka Bhai phota is celebrated across different parts of India. On this day, sisters pray for the long life and good health, wealth and prosperity of their loving brothers. And brothers vow to take care of their sisters till the very end of the time.
- Siblings Day – Unlike the above two festivals, this international festival is not just traditionally meant for the brother-sister duo but for every other kind of sibling as well. Siblings Day is considered to be a national holiday in some parts of Canada and the United States of America. It is celebrated on April 10 in these both countries and on May 31 in Europe as Brothers and Sisters day. Siblings show affection towards each other and appreciate each other’s existence.
So, these were some special times when you can choose to celebrate your unconditional and undying love for your siblings.
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