In simple and old world terms, Rakshabandhan (‘raksha’ means protection and ‘bandhan’ means bond) is a special occasion that celebrates the loving bond between a brother and a sister.
Although, this year the festival might just be a little more interesting for siblings across the tricity with a huge array of ‘designer rakhis’ to choose from.
The simple thread, symbolic of the love that a brother and sister share, has been given a thorough makeover with colourful and captivating designs on it.To make it all the more exciting, markets are flooded with exclusive collections reflecting high creativity on ‘rakhis’ especially meant for your little brother who might be one of those who cannot tear himself away when Chhota Bheem is saving the day with his amusing antics. Many such collections include illustrations of popular cartoon characters Bal Ganesha, Doraemon, Chota Bheem and Mickey Mouse as well as Android game characters such as Angry Birds, apart from various others.Tanisha Dhall, 15, a resident of Sector 15, says, “My brother loves Chhota Bheem, so I have bought a rakhi and t-shirt with his favourite cartoon character on them.” She further adds, “This would be a pleasant surprise for him because last year such designs were not available in the market.”
BS Gulati, 60, owner of a gift shop in Sector 17, says, “There are many varieties of rakhis available for kids in the market this time. The maximum sale is for Chhota Bheem and even teenagers are asking their sisters to buy Chhota Bheem rakhis for them.Rakshabandhan is the perfect time to show your love and affection towards your siblings and strengthen the bond. Aditya Gupta, 37, a resident of Sector 36, says, “I load my sister with lots of gifts and cash every year.” He adds that this year he is planning to gift her designer jewellery and flowers.Sumit Kumar, 30, a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula, says, “My sister has stood by me whenever I’ve faced tough times.”
He adds, “Rakhi gift is the gift most awaited by my sister as she knows that on this day something different and special would come her way.”
Rakhi cards are also heavily on trend. Beautifully written messages with warm wishes and a flavour of love could be treasured for a lifetime. Mansi Sharma, 22, a resident of Sector 40, says, “I have bought many Rakhi gifts for my brother such as a card, a wrist watch and a t-shirt, which I am sure he would really love.”
Sisters whose brothers live away from home are also sending special rakhis to them. Shivani Kumari, 23, a resident of Sector 44, says, “My brother lives in Australia and this is the first time I will not be able to tie a rakhi on his wrist but I am sending a silver rakhi and a card to him and will wish him on Skype.”So this year, sisters have their tasks cut out as they have numerous options to choose from when it comes to selecting that one ‘special rakhi’ for thei brothers.