Celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Sharavan, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most widely celebrated festivals of India.
It is a day that symbolises the sacred relationship between a brother and sister. Literally translated,raksha means protection while bandhan means bond. Raksha Bandhan, therefore, signifies the bond of love out which comes a sense of security and protection.
On Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties a rakhi, comprising sacred threads, on her brother's wrist and performs an aarati . In return, the brother gives her a gift. The ritual is meant to signify their love and that both are looking out for each other. Today, the festival goes much beyond real brothers and sisters to any two individuals who enjoy a deep relationship. So you are likely to see a woman tie a rakhi to her cousins, neighbours and close friends.
For me this Raksha Bandhan is really special as my elder brother will be dropping in. My big brother means the world to me. He has always been there for me whenever I needed him. He has helped me understand that people will always judge me by the way I talk, dress or hang out with. He's taught me that I can do whatever as long as I work hard for it. He's helped me with my problems and has taught me many things. He is my BEST FRIEND and I trust him like anything. Whenever I'm mad or sad he has always been there for me to talk to. He understands a side of me in way that no one can ever do and most amazingly he always has an answer for my every question (even the most weirdest one)
My brother has taught me to enjoy the time I have and those I love. He and I are very close as brother and sister we have both grown up "side by each" together.
He has also taught me that life is fragile and that life isn't fair: you must make the best of it and keep your head high. Think positive, be positive, resolve what you can and think in solutions. He has taught me to never give up. He has determination for things he is interested in. I watch him and I learn these things :)
My parents have always been great to us, their kids. They have taught us many of life's lessons like good parents do. One thing my brother taught me is how to share and to be more giving of myself and of my things. He has taught me a long list of life's essentials also.
He has great empathy for others, their difficulties and their feelings. He is great at discussing those situations with you and letting you know that he is thinking of you in your tough times. He always offers to help. On his own, he'll NEVER send cards, bring you flowers and visit when you are in the hospital but still he has a great insight when it comes to his observation of your emotions. He understands. He listens. He has taught me that. He has been my brothers ever since the day I was born and I feel grateful to have him as my bro. I'm sure I would be a different person if I did not know him. He makes me remember that we are all people here on this Earth and we are all important to our friends, family and loved ones just the way we are.
I'm so thankful I have a brother like you to count on.
I know you'll always be there with open arms if I need a hug,
and an open mind if I need someone to understand.
I’m so glad that I can be myself around you.
You know my qualities and my faultsand you love me just the same.
I'm so proud to have a brother like you ...
not just for what you have accomplished,
but for who you are.
I'm so lucky to have you to talk and laugh with ...
to reminisce and make new memories with.
I can't tell you how much it means to have a brother like you.
You're one of the most important people in my life.
You are my brother not by choice, but by the nature of our birth.
I could not have chosen a better one, you are the best on earth.
Thanks for being my Big Brother!