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Handmade ‘Rakhis’ for ‘Raksha Bandhan’ for the Brother

On August 13, we Indians will celebrate a beautiful festival called 'Raksha Bandhan'.

This festival is all about the relationship shared by a brother and a sister.

Just like ceremonies and traditions are an important part of every festival across the world, the main ceremony associated with 'Raksha Bandhan' involves the sister tying a 'rakhi' or a sacred thread on her brother's wrist. This thread is symbolic of her love and prayers for her brother's well being and happiness and marks a life-long vow of the brother to protect his sister in all circumstances.

You know, folks, that moment when the rakhi adorns the brother's wrist – is the most beautiful moment one can ever imagine. I go through this heart melting moment every year with a lump in my throat and moisture in my eyes. And, when my bro plants a tender kiss on my forehead, we know in our heart of heart, that we are inseparable – no matter what.

Since last 5 years, my brother's wrist flaunts not one but two 'rakhis'

One – by me. The second one by – Pari! Yes, you may be wondering since when did this bro-sis festival turned into an Uncle-niece thing? Well, my darling daughter is so close to her mama (Uncle) that she considers him her bro, her Uncle and even her boyfriend! Ha! Alright, so be it. Tying a rakhi also entitles her to a gift that the sister gets from her brother! 

This year, for the first time Pari has made 'rakhis' with her own hand for her Uncle, Manish and for her favourite God – Ganesha, who she also considers her brother and her best friend.

I was able to take pictures only after she had made these with her friend, Sama. I have been really really short of time last few days due to dozens of To Dos that need urgent attention. Hence, I gave them some wool yarn and other tid bits and a rough idea of how to make. And, they were pretty much on their own.

I think the girls did a fantastic job. What do you think?

On another note, wool yarn are one of my favourite art/craft material. Their colours, softness, texture and flexibility and strength can make possible an array of artsy and craftsy stuff.

In a way, 'rakhis' are like friendship bands

The only difference being these are meant for brothers and sisters and the belief system is age-old and intense. Also, I forgot to mention earlier, the 'rakhi' tying ceremony is preceded by the sister doing a 'tilak' on her brother's forehead and is followed by an 'aarti'. You might get an idea looking at the picture. :) The handsome guy here is none other than my bro – Manish!

Pari tying 'rakhi' to my bro – last year. The 'aarti' is a silver/copper tray carrying a 'moli' (a sacred thread), a lighted clay/silver lamp, rice grains, a coconut/fruit and the red powder which is diluted with water and applied on the forehead.

Which is the festival in your culture/country that's closest to your heart?

I would love to know. Please, please, please share. :)

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  • Ashu August 10, 2011, 3:45 pm

    Lovely Rakhi made by Pari and her friend.Hey just love the way you always put feelings into words…

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 11, 2011, 8:52 am

      Dear Ashu,
      Thank you for your sweet comment. About putting feelings into words – ahhhh! yes, I write from my heart and that reflects, I guess :)
      So glad you like reading the posts… :)

  • Super Sarah August 11, 2011, 12:14 am

    Lovely post, its so good hearing about traditions that have meaning in other countries. I first learned about rakhi’s when I travelled to Mumbai for business in August 2005! In South Africa we celebrate quite a few public holidays which have taken on other meanings. One of my favourite of these holidays has to be the 24 September which is Heritage Day but has become known as national Braai day (BBQ day!) and is a day that South Africans like to spend with friends and family having a traditional braai or bbq!

    • Rashmie Jaaju August 11, 2011, 8:58 am

      Dear Sarah,
      I am so pleased that you stopped by to share your thoughts and let us know your favourite festival.
      The national Braai Day sounds like a fun, family festival. I have read so much about South Africa (my fav country!) that I knew about this festival.
      You will read more about South Africa soon, on this blog. There’s a surprise coming up!
      So wonderful to know you, Sarah, and that you have heritage that traces back to this beautiful country – SA.
      I will visit your blog, again, soon :)

    • param August 11, 2011, 9:04 am

      Wow Pari, lovely Rakhis..lagta hi nahi its made by a 5yr old. Too Good. God bless you baby.
      Rashmie, Fav Festival as such none but i love celebrating New year. I do have a lovely pic of my kids captured during their first Raksha Bandhan, its so special, i wud like to share but not on the blog..I’ll email it you.

  • maggy, red ted art August 11, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Oh my – how lovely and what a fabulous festival… I have a boy and a girl and I would love for each other to look after each other as they grow older. A beautiful celebration and the bracelets are wonderful!

    Thanks, as always, for linking up at Kids Get Crafty!!


  • Tanya August 13, 2011, 8:01 pm

    What a beautiful tradition. I also have a son and daughter, what a lovely ceremony to begin. Thank you so much for posting about this. I just love the ‘rakhi’, they are beautiful!


  • Anna August 22, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I heard of this tradition from a book actually for the first time and I think this is such a great thing. The girls made gorgeous colorful rakhies, I love them!

  • Deaz August 22, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Nice post.

  • CARiD August 25, 2011, 8:51 am

    thanks for sharing. These look really cool!


  • Michelle September 3, 2011, 1:52 pm

    What an incredible tradition!

  • Ellen September 8, 2011, 4:54 pm

    wow they look really great! it’s beautiful that you respect so much your culture and traditions. and could be very sweet when a little girl explores the feelings behind the tradition. cute

  • rakhi with sweets August 9, 2013, 3:48 pm

    I was thinking of a gift for my brother. Here I go. I think a hand made rakhi is the best gift. This shows extreme love and care. I love these very much. These are full of love and are so elegant. :) Thank you for the share. :)

  • hamzaedappally August 21, 2013, 11:48 am


    Where can I buy these buiitiful hand made rakis.let me know please mail. hamzaedappally@gmail.,com

  • Shruti Artsycraftsymom July 24, 2014, 10:31 am

    Hi rashmi
    The artsy craftsy challenge this month is rakhi special. If you have a DIY rakhi post / pics .. Feel free to link in. 1 winner gets Rs 500 Rs Gift voucher from itsy Bitsy. Contest open till 10th August. http://www.artsycraftsymom.com/artsy-craftsy-july-2014-challenge-rakhi-special/

  • Pryansha Ranaut August 1, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Very nice post! I remember how I made a beautiful rakhi for my brother and he gave me a basket full of good home fragrances that had incense sticks, reed diffusers and scented candles. He said he brought that from http://www.purefragrances.com and I loved it honestly the aromas opens up my senses.