Being the most important celebration for siblings, preparations begin long in advance. Family members go shopping so they may dress up for the occasion. After everyone has dressed, the families gather to celebrate.
The celebrations are observed with great commitment and sincerity. Special efforts and thought is put in advance to make the Rakhis and sweets for this auspicious day. And on the big day, everyone in the family gets together to celebrate. Sisters decorate the puja thali, which includes roli, tilak, rice grains, rakhi strands, diya, and sweets. Following the rituals, sisters do aarti to their brothers and then apply tilak (kumkum powder) on their foreheads which symbolically indicates a prayer for their good health and prosperous long life, as well as protection. They then tie Rakhi and offer sweets to them as a gesture of affection, love, and care. Brothers, in turn, praise the sisters and promise to protect them. As a gesture of love and appreciation, brothers offer their sisters gifts and presents. As the ritual ends, the family connects to enjoy this wonderful day with their loved ones, spending the day together having fun with food and good times.
Rakhi is much more than just an auspicious occasion to Indians; it has a profound, personal significance attached to its thin thread that serves as a charming allegory for the most enduring friendships and relationships in the world.