Rakhi (Pic 201 2nd year)
Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection) is a Hindu festival which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana (Shravan Poornima). The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The elder brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her while an elder sister returns offers to her younger brother. The brother and sister traditionally feed each other sweets. It is not necessary that the rakhi can be given only to a brother by birth; any male can be "adopted" as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, that is "blood brothers and sisters", whether they are cousins or a good friend.
This year we had a Rakhi dinner on Sunday with sisters and cousins as today (the Rakhi day) is a working day. The shot shows the rakhis tied on Jay's hand by sister Vinati and other cousins. Earlier the Rakhi used to be made from a simple thread, now you get a lot of varieties made from different materials. In the Marwari caste the Rakhi is also tied on the sister-in-law's (brother's wife) hand. You can have a look at the shots of that day at
check out Lavanya's shot of Rakhi day!