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Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi Celebrations

 

The practice of celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan with Bhaiya as well as Bhabhi, is getting popular in India, as well as abroad.

A Bhabhi’s entry into a home is a very special occasion. All family members get busy with trying to make the Bhabhi feel welcome, accepted and comfortable. Why leave the bhabhi out of a festival celebration that involves her husband then? Raksha Bandhan is all about the relationship between a brother and a sister. By including the bhabhi in this festival, one makes it more inclusive and widens one’s circle of loved ones. Here are some things related to the Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi tradition not many people know about :

Why is Bhaiya-Bhabhi Rakhi celebrated?: A man is incomplete without his better half. Just like the brother takes on the responsibilities of the father as the protector and caretaker of the sister, a Bhabhi’s role takes on the shape of a mother’s with her sister-in-law with the passage of time. Tying a rakhi to the bhabhi is a symbol of the trust reposed in her to fulfill her duties towards her sister-in-law since the literal meaning of Raksha Bandhan is a bond of protection.

After marriage, both the husband and wife perform religious rituals together otherwise they are considered incomplete as the wife is an ardhangini as per Hindu traditions. In the Raksha Bandhan ceremony, the sister chants a mantra and prays to God for her brother’s well-being, prosperity, and happiness. So, tying a rakhi to both bhaiya and bhabhi is a way of completing the religious ritual properly since their lives are closely tied together.

Celebrating Rakhi with bhaiya and bhabhi is also a great way of making the bhabhi feel like an important part of the family as she is closely connected with all her husband’s duties and responsibilities. It is especially nice if the bhabhi is newly married into the family. Such an action will go a long way in conveying warmth and love to her from the sister. The festival then becomes a celebration of the bond between a sister and a brother as well as the bond between a sister-in-law and a sister.

Celebrating Rakhi with Bhabhi strengthens the emotional ties among several family members – the sister and sister-in-law, the sister and the brother and even the bhaiya and the bhabhi. The brother feels glad when he sees his sister and wife building a strong relationship with each other since both the relationships are of immense value to him from an emotional standpoint. The joint family system where all family members live together and are there for each other through thick and thin also gets strengthened through the practice since a happy family stays together thanks to the positive relationships among all its members.

How did the practice begin?: The practice of tying a rakhi to the bhabhi on Raksha Bandhan along with bhaiya started in the state of Rajasthan. In Marwari, a Rajasthani language, a bangle is called a lumba. This is why the rakhi tied on bhabhis is called a lumba rakhi. With time, this practice is gaining in popularity and is now seen in almost every Indian state wherever Rakhi is celebrated. Sisters tie the rakhi thread on the bhabhi’s bangle, and the rakhi thread dangles from it. Even regular Rakhi threads available as part of Bhaiya-Bhabhi rakhi sets are tied to bhabhis. Most people buy a more feminine looking version of the same rakhi as the brother’s Rakhi to maintain parity.

Kinds of Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi sets available: Like Rakhi threads for brothers, there is much variety available for Bhaiya-Bhabhi Rakhi sets too in marketplaces, whether physical or online. Pearl Rakhi sets, kundan rakhi sets, peacock rakhi sets, rudraksha rakhi – the range is simply a treat for the eyes.

In case you are gifting something to your brother, don’t forget to gift something to your bhabhi too on Raksha Bandhan.

There are decorated Rakhi thalis for Bhaiya and Bhabhi that combine all the essentials needed for the rakhi ceremony including attractive rakhi threads, a religious deity or symbol like a swastika and a diya. Sisters place the sweet needed for the ceremony, some rice and vermillion for the tika in the thali which makes it a centre of attention on the occasion. With its traditonal decoration, it really does add to the beauty of the festival’s celebration considerably.

A sister can gift Rakhi Gift Hampers for Bhaiya and Bhabhi that include delicious sweets like Kaju Katli or Assorted dry fruits or Kaju Anjir rolls, some roli, tika and a set of Rakhis for bhaiya as well as bhabhi. In addition to being highly suitable for the occasion, these gift hampers also look wonderful.

So, don’t forget to pick up something extraordinary for the special couple in your life who always stand like a pillar of support behind you. A happy relationship multiplies the good in life so it’s a great idea to cherish and treasure the relationship a sister has with her brother as well as her sister-in-law. What could be a better blessing than a happy and caring family? Beautiful bhaiya-bhabhi rakhi sets symbolise the importance you give to both bhaiya as well as bhabhi so go in for something truly remarkable that expresses your regard and love.

Gujaratgifts.com has a mindblowing collection of Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi sets, which makes Rakhi shopping easier than ever. With so many amazing designs available in one place, one doesn’t need to go anywhere else. Get a free card with every order in addition to free delivery all over India at Gujaratgifts.com!
 

Last Updated: 09 July 2017

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