Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious occasion to celebrate the bond of love and responsibility between a brother and a sister.
On the day of Raksha Bandhan, which means ‘the tie or knot of protection,’ the sister expresses her love and wishes for her brother’s well-being by performing a rakhi ceremony. In return the brother pledges to protect and take good care of his sister and also gives a present to his sister to express his love towards her.
This festival is celebrated to cherish the sister-brother relationship.
Rakhis for the new-age brother and sister
This year cartoon rakhis is the rage. The list is endless; to mention a few, Doraemon, Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, Chhota Bheem. The prices vary from Rs10 to Rs100, and could even be more.
Another trend among kids is toy rakhi. Toy rakhis are multipurpose rachis. Once the festival is over, the toy can be detached from the strap. Toy rakhis come in various forms, which include yoyos, spikey balls, crazy balls, spinning tops, winding key toys and the like.
Some of these toy rakhis can sing, speak and at times, also squeak. Some also have light emitting from them, forming fascinating patterns with the flickering light.
Rakhis with social networking themes are also available, with logos of Facebook and Twitter on them. These days many are addicted to social networking sites, so some shops have come up with the novel idea of selling Facebook and Twitter rakhis. Surely, this would lure many young minds.
History seems to be repeating itself with a twist this Raksha Bandhan season as the traditional rakhis with big flowers are trending again.
Another trend this year is rakhi with Bajrangi Bhaijaan theme, the film having been a massive hit. Shopkeepers in Kolkata say that rakhis which have Bajrangi Bhaijaan pictures are high in demand along with those that have lights, toys and cartoon characters like Chhota Bheem and Ben 10.
According to store owners, also, this year, the demand for traditional sweets and chocolates is more as compared to dry fruits.
A jewellery shop owner said that working sisters who have money at their disposal have ordered gold or silver rakhis as well. Some brothers have also come in to buy expensive jewellery for their sisters.
Cartoon rakhis (buzzintown.com; giftshandicraftsindia.com)
Rakhi Maker application
Leading stationery brand Camlin has created a Rakhi Maker application which allows users to design digital rakhis and share them virtually. Conceptualized by the brand's digital agency Big I Tuna, it is designed for both desktops and cellphones. Rakhi Maker uses a kaleidoscopic effect that reflect every drawing action on 20 sides.
Through the application one can tag and share rakhis with loved ones on Facebook within the app, or download them and share by email.
A screenshot of the application (kokuyocamlin.com)
Some ideas of gifts for the sister
Books: If your sister is the book-loving kind, this can be the best gift she could receive from a brother.
Shopping vouchers: In all probability, if a sister receives a shopping voucher of some well-known brand or store, she would jump with joy. Instead of buying her clothes and accessories, you could buy her some gift vouchers. Not only that, try to find time out to go out shopping with her.
Holiday: Holidays are the best things that can happen to somebody's life. Plan a small trip to your sister's favourite holiday destination. It can be just a family trip or you can chose to tag her friends along. This could definitely make memories for a lifetime.
Jewellery: You could buy your sister some nice jewellery, which she will love. She might just preserve her brother's present for lifetime.
Gadgets: Gone are those days when you could do away by just giving a chocolate to your sister. This is a generation of gadgets. If you hand her some nice gadget, she would adore this gift for a lifetime. Find out what your sister likes best or is longing to get. You can just surprise her with that one gift and she can't be happier.
Gadgets can be useful gifts (happyrakshabandhanrakhiquotes.in)
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