When Is Rakhi?
The festival of Raksha Bandhan holds special significance to the Hindu community of India. This festival is completely dedicated to the siblings. Brothers and sisters who stay abroad try to be with their loved ones on this auspicious day. The festival calls for massive celebration that includes grand feasting, sharing gifts, cracking pranks & jokes and merrymaking.
Why Rakhi celebrated on Purnima Day of Shravan month?
As per Hindu calendar, this festival is observed on the month of Shravana. Hindus consider this month as the holiest month of the year. The name of the month is derived from the name of the ruling star, ‘Shravan’ that rules this month during the full moon day. The month is marked with various religious ceremonies and festivals. Each day of the month has some importance but the full moon day is significant and auspicious day of all. Thus, Rakhi being an important Hindu festival, is celebrated with great faith and devotion by the siblings, on the full moon day, of the month of Shravana. According to Gregorian calendar, this auspicious day corresponds to the month of July-August. The date of the festival is not fixed. Each year the festival is observed on different dates. In 2013, Rakhi is on 21st August.
Rakhi is known in different names in various parts of India. In the Malabar region, the festival is known as Nariyal Purnima or Coconut Full Moon; in South India it is known as Avani Avittan and in North India it is termed as Raksha Bandhan.