While I wish my brothers Happy Raksha Bandhan every year and send them Rakhis, this morning, I received a wish. My sister called me up wishing me a Happy Raksha Bandhan and to say the least it was heart warming. A smile on my face, a twinkle in my eye and hope – times are changing for good, I felt as I heard those words, “Happy Rakhi behen.” Also Read - It Happens Only in India! 3 UP Sisters, Married to The Same Man Observe Karwa Chauth For The Husband They Share

For years, we have celebrated Raksha Bandhan as a festival on which brothers are believed to be the protectors of their sisters, who tie a rakhi on their wrists. The brothers in turn promise to protect their sisters with a gift. But to my pleasant surprise, Raksha Bandhan this year is not just a brother’s day. It is indeed being celebrated as a bond of ‘Raksha’ (protection) between sisters, between brothers, between siblings. Also Read - Raksha Bandhan 2020: This Hyderabad Shop Sells ‘Corona Rakhi’ Made Of Cow Dung, Becomes Huge Hit

Last year, I saw the tradition begin in the family when my mother tied a rakhi to not just her brothers, but to her sisters too. And she got rakhis from her sisters. Also Read - Bizarre! People of This UP Village Are Scared of 'Rakhi', Haven't Celebrated Raksha Bandhan Since 1955; Here's Why

This year, my social media feed, too, has been a beautiful sight, with ‘breaking the stereotypes’ advertisements for Raksha Bandhan. My sister tagged me in a post about a Nykaa advertisement about the rakhi celebration between two sisters. The ad displays the festival of Rakhi celebrating sibling goals and the bond of love. (Also Read: Raksha Bandhan Special: The brother-sister duos of politics)

A Ferns N Petal Ad also shows how a brother feels his sister has been his saviour and ties a rakhi on her wrist.

These advertisements are hope that the society is open to change and that the festival of Raksha Bandhan is about a bond of protection, be it between a brother and a sister, or between two sisters. We are two sisters. We have been each other’s agony aunt, each other’s knight in shining armour and each other’s confidante. Nobody replaces the bond of love and protection we share. Therefore, she of all the people comes first when it comes to thinking about the thread of love among sisters and brothers.

So this Raksha Bandhan, the greetings go out to all the sisters and all the brothers. Because the bond of love goes beyond the gender! And as a sister, it’s heart warming to see that rakhi on my wrist too!