Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi, the festival commemorating the eternal bond of love between brothers and sisters, is widely celebrated in India with grandeur. This day marks not only the sacred relationship between the brothers and sisters but also ushers in peace and harmony amongst various communities. Everyone, with or without biological ties is entitled to observe this joyous occasion.
Every year, Rakhi is celebrated on a full moon day, in the Hindu month of Shravan. Since, Rakhi is celebrated on a full moon day, it is also known as Rakhi Purnima. Generally, the Hindu calendar is followed in this regard. Sisters residing in countries abroad are often not aware of when is Rakhi celebrated. For those who are wondering about when is Rakhi in 2015, it will be celebrated on 29th of August this year.
Rakhi Gift Ideas
An important part of this festival is of course gifts. So, this Rakhi 2015, strengthen your bond with your siblings, by exchanging gifts with them. Sisters who live abroad, will be missing the entire ritual of tying Rakhis on the wrists of their dear brothers. But with the online delivery service, they can now send Rakhi Thalis for their brothers. A tray exquisitely adorned with intricate designs and displaying an array of stuffs integral to the Rakhi ceremony, speaks volumes of our rich culture. The presence of roli, a bowl of rice, shagun nariyal, Kalash, and a rakhi on the tray will make the brothers feel the presence of their loving sisters on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Apart from Rakhi Thalis, the sisters can also opt to send Bhaiya-Bhabhi thali, kids’ thali, bhaiya thali, chocolate thali, mithai thali or puja thalis. Each of these thalis will express your love and affection for your brother. On the other hand, brothers residing abroad can send chocolate and mithai thalis to their sisters in India.
SIsters residing abroad are always concerned about how to bring smiles on the faces of their adorable brothers. They can choose to send beautifully decorated rakhis for their brothers.There are beaded, gems, pearl studded, zardozi and resham bordered rakhis to choose from. For spiritual brothers there are rakhis with Ganesh and Swastika designs. For the stylish brothers, there are beautifully decorated, sleek bracelets. For kid brothers, there are Rakhis with cartoons of Chota Bheem, Winnie the Pooh, Ben 10 and Baal Hanuman engraved on them. For married brothers, you can opt for bhaiya-bhabhi rakhi sets and send them as Rakhi gifts on Rakhi 2015.
Now that you know when is Rakhi in 2015, you must start planning to select the perfect gift for your siblings. One of the best rakhi gift ideas is, sending rakhi gift hampers to your siblings. These include a lot of things that you want to give your brother as a gift. There are chocolates hampers, dry fruits fruits hampers and sweets for the sisters to choose from. On the other hand, brothers can choose from cosmetic hampers, teddy hampers and flowers hampers as rakhi gifts for their dear sisters.
Raksha Bandhan is all about making your siblings feel special. And sending unique gift hampers, is one of the easiest ways to let your siblings get a clue of your care, heartfelt love and warm regards towards them. So this year even if you are away from home, don’t let your siblings miss your presence. Just pack all the favourite stuffs of your siblings and make the Raksha Bandhan a memorable affair.
Send Sweets as Rakhi Gifts
Different kinds of sweets like Kaju barfi, laddu and Pedas, all freshly prepared and packed along with myriad chocolates like Ferrero Rocher, Temptation or Bournville, will make for a zesty delight for anyone. The little childhood fights over a piece of chocolate or sweet will be replaced by pampering your siblings with opulent goodies! Sending sweets and chocolate hampers, also shows that even while staying abroad, you have made it a point to remember when is Rakhi celebrated in India.
Another “close to the heart” gifts for the siblings would be, personalized gift items like mugs, key chains, cushion covers, clocks and t-shirts with photographs of beautiful sibling memories printed on them. Personalized gifts with photos, collages, names or a line about your dear sibling imprinted on them, will make him or her nostalgic. Your sibling will love to cherish the memories of happier times that he or she had spent with you. Moreover, these gifts can be used for day-to-day purposes too. Planning a proper, sensible gift for your sibling is undoubtedly a wonderful way to express your concern for your sibling.
Apart from these gift items, you can also opt for flowers, electronic gadgets, apparels, gift vouchers for dining or shopping, accessories like watches and books along with CDs or DVDs. For spiritual siblings, opt for spiritual items like silver, bronze figurines of gods and goddesses, silver or gold shagun coins, spiritual hampers encompassing thalis, diyas etc. and send them as Rakhi gifts in Rakhi 2015.