Send Rakhi to Lucknow!
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi, is an ancient Hindu festival, as old as the history of Lucknow, a historical city. Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means ‘the tie or knot of protection’. It is a festival that celebrates love and duty of a brother-sister relationship. The girl or sister, ties a sacred thread, called ‘Rakhi’ on the wrist of her brother. This scared thread symbolises love and the prayer of well being of the sister for her brother. Similarly, the thread on the brother’s wrist is worn by the brother the whole day or even for days after. It symbolises the love and duty of the brother towards his sister. He vows this day each year to protect his sister lifelong.
As innocent and pious this festival is, so are the stories or folklores related to it are. One story says that when lord Indra was disgraced by the demon Bali, Indra’s wife Sachi, consulted Lord Vishnu. He gave her a pious cotton thread which she tied on Indra’s wrist and he won against the demon. This thread later was called Rakhi and was seen as a symbol of wishes and prayers of a woman to save a man close to her. Earlier Rakhi was observed even out of the brother-sister relationship. Several such stories are present in Hindu mythology and Indian history. Other stories include Lord Krishna and Draupadi, or Alexander and King Porus. Such stories are a witness to the holiness and importance of this ancient Hindu festival, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and everyone else alike in whole of India, parts of Mauritius, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Like the interesting stories of its origin and significance, the traditions and the ceremonies involved are very interesting too. The sister offers prayers for the well being of her brother with ‘Arti’. After the ‘Arti’, the sister places a ‘Tilak’ on the forehead of her brother and then ties the holy thread, ‘Rakhi’. After tying the thread she feeds him a sweet or ‘mithai’. After eating the sweet, the brother presents a gift to his sister as a token of his love and vows to protect her always. But in this fast moving world when people are no longer living together or nearby and are busy and working all the time, usually the relatives and family gets neglected. Festivals are a time to rebind with your family. Even if you are not together, sending wishes or gifts brings a smile on the face of your loved ones. Avon Lucknow Florist is doing exactly this. Bringing smile on people’s face and bring them together is their motto. You can now send Rakhis or gifts to your brothers/sisters with no hassle. Just select your favourite Rakhi or the gift you think your sister will like and place an order with Avon Lucknow Florist. They will make sure that your order reaches to your relatives anywhere in Lucknow on the same day. Do visit and make sure your love reaches your siblings this Raksha Bandhan.