Today is Raksha Bandhan 2017. It is one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar and a special one for brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters all over India (and some parts of Nepal) tie a sacred thread called rakhi on the wrists of their respective brothers. This thread signifies a bond of love and protection. Tying this thread on a man’s arm implies that he is bound to protect his sister for eternity. It is not necessarily by just biological brothers and sisters. The day is a celebration of the brother-sister bond which means any man-woman who have a similar bond can celebrate this festival. This is why you will see several youngsters in colleges, offices, housing societies getting together and celebrating the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan falls on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan. Accordingly, Rakhsa Bandhan 2017 is on August 7. Apart from Hindus, some people from the Jain and Sikh community celebrate Raksha Bandhan too. In fact, such is the popularity of this festival that people from men and women who may not be from the same religion too celebrate this festival in order to mark their brother-sister bond. Rituals observed on the day of Raksha Bandhan include decorating a plate or thali with a lamp, flowers, turmeric powder, vermilion, sweets and the sacred thread rakhi, of course. The brother sits down while the sisters performs an aarti which is characterized by moving the thali in circles around the brothers face. This is followed by applying the teeka on his forehead, then tying the rakhi, and then feeding him sweets. The brother reciprocates by feeding sweets back to his sister, giving her a present (or cash) and his blessings and also promising to protect her for life. (CHECK OUT Best Raksha Bandhan Gifts for Sisters Who Travel) Raksha Bandhan is truly one of the best days to be in India as you can witness some of the most popular customs and traditions of the country on this day. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan 2017, here are some adorable Raksha Bandhan images that will give you a sneak peek into the festival celebration in India.

Everyone from little kids to senior citizens celebrate Raksha Bandhan in India

Kids celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Kids celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Men and women often dress up in traditional attire on this day

Raksha Bandhan -  traditional attire

Raksha Bandhan –
traditional attire

The thali is decorated with rakhis, sweets, lamp, rice and vermilion

Most households in India celebrate this day with great devotion

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

You are sure to see men with a number of rakhis on their wrist today

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Narendra Modi, perhaps the country’s most popular brother is a busy man on Rakhsa Bandhan with kids to elders, people love tying the rakhi to PM Modi

Photograph: WIkimedia Commons

Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Raksha Bandhan rituals are great to witness and give a true picture of Indian culture and traditions

Happy Raksha Bandhan 2017!

Happy Raksha Bandhan 2017!

Like most other festivals of India, Raksha Bandhan is a convivial day full of sincere rituals, happy get-togethers and colorful celebrations. If you are travelling across India, it is a great day to stay put with one of the families and witness the magic of this wonderful brother-sister festival. Here’s wishing all our readers a very Happy Raksha Bandhan!