The Indian festival of Rakshabandhan or Rakhi celebrates the beautiful relationship that a sister shares with her brother. This year 2013, the wonderful festival of Rakhi will be celebrated on 21st of August. Like every year all the siblings in India, and around the world have already started preparing for this wonderful festival to make Rakhi 2013 as special as possible. The most important object of this festival is the auspicious Rakhi thread, therefore sisters in India, and all around the world send Rakhi to their beloved brother. And similarly brothers from all around the globe send wonderful Rakhi return gifts to their sisters.
On the day of the festival, sisters deck the entrance of their homes with beautiful rangolis and door hangings. Even the puja altar is beautifully decorated with colorful flowers, diyas and rangolis. Mouth-watering sweets and dishes such as kaju katli, motichoor laddu, fried rice, puri, masala paneer etc are cooked on this festival. Brothers and sisters take a bath and adorn themselves in new apparels.
Siblings gather together. Sister prepares the Rakhi thali that includes chawal (rice), roli tika, rakhi thread, diya and other shagun items . At first, she offers prayers to God. After that, she performs aarti of her brother, puts tilak on his forehead and ties the Rakhi thread on his wrist. Both share sweets and wonderful gifts. The easiest way to send gifts nowadays is via an online gift store. Therefore, use an online gift store to send Rakhi threads or delightful Rakhi gifts to your sibling, and make the festive occasion memorable for him or her.