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Raksha Bandhan 2024 Date, History, Importance, Celebration

Published Date: 10-Dec-2022

Raksha Bandhan is one of the most popular festivals of the Hindu community and is observed as the day to honour the relationship between a brother and sister. In English, ‘Raksha Bandhan‘ translates to ‘the bond of protection, obligation or care’. According to the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan falls on the last day of the lunar calendar month of Shravan. In 2024, Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) will be celebrated on 19th August (Monday).

Raksha Bandhan 2024 Date and Muhrat Timing

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year with enthusiasm by people of all cultures alike. Raksha Bandhan 2024 date is 19th August, Monday and 20th August, Tuesday.

  • Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time – 01:30 PM to 08:56 PM
  • Raksha Bandhan Bhadra End Time – 01:30 PM
  • Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Punchha – 09:51 AM to 10:53 AM
  • Raksha Bandhan Bhadra Mukha – 10:53 AM to 12:37 PM
  • Purnima Tithi Begins – 03:04 AM on Aug 19, 2024
  • Purnima Tithi Ends – 11:55 PM on Aug 19, 2024

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Importance of Raksha Bandhan Festival

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated in India to honor the sacred bond between brothers and sisters. It holds immense importance as it symbolizes the deep-rooted affection, love, and protection that siblings have for each other. This festival not only strengthens the bond between siblings but also fosters a sense of unity, love, and respect within the family. It serves as a reminder of the values of loyalty, trust, and support that are essential in any relationship. Raksha Bandhan transcends boundaries, bringing families together and reinforcing the significance of the sibling bond. It is a celebration of the unbreakable bond of love and a cherished tradition that brings joy and happiness to all involved.

Raksha Bandhan History and Significance

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Raksha Bandhan 2024 | Raksha Bandhan History and Significance

The origin of Raksha Bandhan goes as far as the era of Gods and Goddesses. According to a popular legend, Draupadi tied a piece of cloth on Lord Krishna’s wrist when he hurt his finger while fighting to kill the evil King Shishupal. Krishna, in return, promised to protect her.

Medieval history has another significant version about a brother’s promise to his sister. When under attack by Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, Rani Karnavati of Mewar sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun and sought help from him. Touched by the gesture, the Mughal ruler abandoned his military campaign and rushed to help the queen without wasting any time.

During the Partition of Bengal in 1905, Rabindranath Tagore started Rakhi Mahotsav – a mass Raksha Bandhan festival, to instil a feeling of togetherness and love between Hindus and Muslims of Bengal. It is known that he started this tradition as a counter to the efforts of the British of creating a divide between communities.

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Raksha Bandhan Pooja Vidhi

Raksha Bandhan, an auspicious festival celebrated in India, involves a significant ritual known as the “pooja vidhi.” The pooja vidhi commences with the preparation of a small pooja thali containing a diya (oil lamp), roli (vermilion powder), rice grains, sweets, and Rakhi. Sisters perform an Aarti, waving the lamp in a circular motion in front of their brothers, and apply a tilak of roli on their foreheads. They then tie the Rakhi around the brother’s wrist, offering prayers for his well-being and prosperity. In return, brothers give gifts to their sisters as a token of their love and promise to protect them from all adversities. The pooja vidhi creates a spiritual atmosphere, strengthening the bond between siblings and reinforcing the significance of Raksha Bandhan 2024 as a celebration of love and protection.

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Raksha Bandhan 2024 Celebrations across India

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On this day, a girl puts tilak on her brother’s forehead, performs his aarti, and ties a Rakhi around his wrist, commemorating their sacred bond. In return, the brother gives special gifts to his sister, along with the promise to take care of her and protect her under any circumstances.

Among the Rajasthani and Marwari communities, there is a ritual to tie ‘Lumba Rakhi’ on the bangle of their brother’s wife. It is believed that since the wife is considered to be the better half, the ritual would be incomplete without her. Also, she will equally share her husband’s responsibility to ensure the well-being of his sister. This ritual is fast catching up to other Indian communities as well.

Places to Observe Raksha Bandhan in India

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New Year’s Day Mon 01-Jan Restricted Holiday
Lohri Sat 13-Jan Restricted Holiday
Makar Sankranti Sun 14-Jan Restricted Holiday
Pongal Mon 15-Jan Restricted Holiday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Wed 17-Jan Restricted Holiday
Republic Day Fri 26-Jan Gazetted Holiday
Losar Sat 10-Feb Restricted Holiday
Basant Panchmi Wed 14-Feb Restricted Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Sat 24-Feb Gazetted Holiday
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wed 6-Mar Restricted Holiday
Mahashivratri Fri 8-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Holi Mon 25-March Gazetted Holiday
Good Friday Fri 29-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Easter Day Sun 31-Mar Restricted Holiday
Gudi Padwa Tue 9-Apr Restricted Holiday
Eid-ul-Fitr Wed 10-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Vaisakhi (Vishu) Sat 13-Apr Restricted Holiday
Rama Navami Wed 17-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Sun 21-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Rabindra Jayanti Wed 8-May Restricted Holiday
Buddha Purnima (Vesak) Thu 23-May Gazetted Holiday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) Mon 17-Jun Restricted Holiday
Rath Yatra Sun 7-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Muharram (Ashura) Wed 17-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Independence Day Thu 15-Aug Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Thu 15-Aug Public Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Mon 19-Aug Restricted Holiday
Janmashtami Mon 26-Aug Restricted Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi Sat 7-Sep Restricted Holiday
Onam Sun 15-Sep Restricted Holiday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad Mon 16-Sep Gazetted Holiday
Gandhi Jayanti Wed 02-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dussehra Sat 12-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Valmiki Jayanti Thu 17-Oct Restricted Holiday
Karva Chauth Sun 20-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dhanteras Tue 29-Oct Restricted Holiday
Diwali Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Kali Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Halloween Day Thu 31-Oct No Holiday
Karnataka Rajyotsava Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Kerala Piravi Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Sat 2-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Bhai Dooj Sun 3-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Chhath Puja Thu 7-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Fri 15-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Wed 25-Dec Public Holiday

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Year-Wise Raksha Bandhan Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Sat 29-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2016 Thu 18-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2017 Mon 7-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2018 Sun 26-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2019 Thu 15-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2020 Mon 3-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2021 Sun 22-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2022 Thur 11-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2023 Wed 30-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2024 Mon 19-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
2025 Sat 9-Aug Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is Raksha Bandhan in 2024?

A. Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on 19th August 2024.

Q. How will Rakhi 2024 be celebrated in India?

A. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India. Sisters prepare for the festival by selecting special rakhis and sweets. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie the rakhi on their brothers’ wrists, perform aarti (a ceremonial ritual), and offer sweets. Brothers, in turn, give gifts to their sisters as a token of their love and protection. The festival is also an occasion for families to come together, exchange blessings, and share festive meals.

Q. Are there any regional variations in Raksha Bandhan 2024 celebrations in India?

A. Yes, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with slight regional variations across different parts of India. For example, in the state of Maharashtra, people celebrate “Narali Purnima” along with Raksha Bandhan, which is dedicated to the worship of the sea god Varuna. In some regions of North India, it is customary for the sister to tie a sacred thread on the wrist of their brother-in-law, in addition to their own brothers. These regional variations add diversity and unique customs to the overall celebration of Raksha Bandhan in India.

Sargun Preet Kaur
Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.
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