Of Brothers and Sisters #MondayBlogs #RakhsaBandhan #HappyRahkri

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Today is a pretty special day for us Indian sisters, blessed with brothers, and vice versa.
Today is a day brothers and sisters celebrate their special bond.
Initially, a Hindu festival called Raksha Bandhan, it then became more widely celebrated around India, and in the North, the Punjab, where my family hail from, it’s known as Rakhri or Rakhriya.

Rakhri is a word which means to look after, and on this day, sisters tie a special thread on their brother’s wrist, and brothers pledge to always be there and look after their sisters. Something sweet is then the exchanged, and usually, the brother gives his sister a small token to show his love.

Way back when, before all this women’s lib and equal rights, it was a woman’s job to be at home, and basically all her life was dependant on the males, be it her father, or husband, and she didn’t have many rights, so it stood to reason, that she needed someone, her brother, to be there for her, through thick and thin.

Nowadays there are all sorts of different enjoyments, and jokes attached. You see, it’s not only your brother that you tie one on, but your cousin brothers too. And male friends who you consider to be like brothers. So, if you don’t want a certain guy to bother you, then you tie a Rakhi on him and declare him your brother! Also, the brothers of today get bankrupt! Gifts are elaborate, for the real sisters, and add on all those cousins, handing out £10 notes (or more sometimes!), a brothers pocket is soon empty! Kerching!!! For the sisters anyway!
The threads themselves can range from small, plain, tasteful, to great big tinselled lovelies! Check out my brother as a little mite, on a holiday to Kenya one year, where he was attacked by cousins he didn’t usually see!
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I spent a couple of hours last week writing letters to my brother and cousins, and for my Lil Princess, to her cousins, sending rakhis (tasteful ones, obviously!) to the four corners of the world, and for some special people who I consider brother like, there will be messages sent tomorrow. It’s not about the gifts or money for me. It’s keeping the connection alive. Like those who say days like Valentine’s Day are contrived, and that you should love your partner every day, I guess this could be the sibling equivalent. But for me, it’s just a special day to make it known again, that I love my brother, and cousins, and as much as I love and appreciate their protection, I have their backs too, I will be there for them, come rain or shine.
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Here is my brother and I at various stages in our lives, always there for each other…
Last year for the first time in many years we were not only in the same country, but the same house, so I was able to tie his rakhri myself.
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This year, we may not be together, but our connection is just as strong. I know he will wear his rakhi with pride, and I also know that he is there for me always… Love you, my dear, dear brother!
And Lil Princess is so excited as her Rakhi has already winged its way over to her  Finjabi cousin brother, who is celebrating his third Rakhri too!

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I will be tying a Rakhi on my brother-in-law, and Lil Princess will be able to enact the whole ceremony properly with Lil Man. Love days like today, they have to be nice to each other !!!! I know it’s only a few more years then they will really appreciate the sibling bond, but until then, one day of peace will be lovely!!!!!

So, to all those who celebrate, Happy Rakhri! Happy Raksha Bandhan!

And especially to my brother, my cousin brothers, and my special brotherly friends!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

But I Smile Anyway...

78 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. crosscountrylifeblog
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 01:32:48

    sounds fun, glad you enjoyed!

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  2. joey
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 22:09:32

    That’s a nice one. Totally new to me. 🙂

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  3. Miss Dinie
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 02:49:09

    This is quite a nice idea. Most Indian festivals are love filled it seems.. Indians seem love obsessed! No,but at least you show appreciation for loved ones.. Maybe England needs a Rahkri day.. This seems way more fun than Valentine’s!

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  4. sriches
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 19:35:25

    What a wonderful celebration, I hope you enjoyed! The pictures are lovely and you can see the special bond you and your brother have! Sim x

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  5. fancypaperblog
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 16:22:52

    Enjoy this lovely day😊

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  6. Judy E Martin
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 15:15:15

    I think that this is such a lovely tradition, Sis. 🙂

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  7. syl65
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 15:05:24

    A wonderful tradition Sister!! It definitely reinforces that bond and love and it is good to have days like these for spreading such wonderful vibes.

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  8. vanbytheriver
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 14:47:59

    Such a genuinely sweet sibling relationship. Cherish that, Ritu. Lovely pics.

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  9. swatiiiiii
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 14:03:32

    Ya thats bcz wherever we live ‘dil to hindustani hi rhega’…… ryt ritu???

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  10. You Can Always Start Now
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 13:52:06

    I love this custom. I have your back – WOW. Thank you for sharing it.

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  11. swatiiiiii
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 12:37:14

    A beautiful festival to celebrate the lovely n crazy relationships of sibblings…….
    Dis happen only in India…
    I love my india….

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  12. rubabbangash
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 12:21:13

    Nice and plz blogger support bloggers

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  13. afternoonofsundries
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 12:19:54

    Sounds like a lovely holiday! Something truly worth celebrating! Enjoy the memories!

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  14. foodzesty
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 11:36:10

    So touching!! 🙂 I love this tradition 🙂 I spoke to my brother earlier, and told him about this and he loved it. 🙂

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  15. Victo Dolore
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 11:07:17

    What an awesome holiday! We need something like that in our culture. Hell. Maybe I’ll just tell my kids it is a new holiday and make them celebrate it anyway. 🙂

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  16. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 09:09:47

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  17. NickyB.
    Aug 30, 2015 @ 04:19:20

    I absolutely love this. Thank you for teaching me something new!

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  18. dancin' mama
    Aug 30, 2015 @ 01:22:24

    How cool! This is a beautiful custom 🙂

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  19. Aimer Boyz
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 20:17:33

    Traditions keep the connections alive. Not easy to do in our fast and far flung world. This is a beautiful one to continue. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day. 🙂

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  20. Lynz Real Cooking
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 19:23:22

    Wonderful tradition love the pictures!

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  21. Dorinda Duclos
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 16:22:36

    What a beautiful way to express love!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful tradition with us. Imagine how the world would be if we all celebrated each other this way!

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  22. silentlyheardonce
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 13:37:59

    A lovely tradition.

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  23. edwinasepisodes
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 13:35:16

    What a wonderful tradition, to honour brothers and sisters. How lovely that you have your own two children to carry it on too 🙂

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  24. Erika Kind
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 12:33:56

    Oh my, Ritu! What a lovely and beautiful tradition this is. So much love and appreciation flowing through the family. What abotu brothers and brothers and sisters and sisters? Thank you for the beautiful pics you shared with us. So much love and happy faces. It touched me deeply, Ritu. Happy Rakhi💖💖💖

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  25. Charles Yallowitz
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 12:14:34

    That’s a really cool tradition. 🙂

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  26. wafflemethis
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:26:05

    And to you dear dear blog sister.

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  27. Kreng Jai
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:17:54

    Happy Rakhi, Ritu dear.😊❤️🌻

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  28. chevvy8
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 09:57:40

    So I learnt something new, thank you for sharing this interesting family and cutural tradition Ritu. And as always, I appreciate all your follows, Best, Chevvy.

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  29. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 09:23:33

    What a lovely thing to do, a wonderful custom. Just seen my brother when I was up in Edinburgh visiting, so this post struck a chord with me.

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