Read about the origin, history and celebration of Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) in Malaysia.
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Raksha Bandhan in Malaysia

Origin and History of Raksha Bandhan in Malaysia

Relationships play a central part part of any celebration in Malaysia. Rakha Bandan is one such festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. It captures the essence of relationship between siblings. The day is observed on Shravan Sud Poornima every year according to the Hindu calendar. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi around the wrist of their brother as a protecting charm. They pray to God to grant happiness throughout his life and also seek his protection. It is a day observed to glorify the mutual brother-sister love in Malaysia.

Local name: Rakhi

Ways to celeberate Rakhi in Malaysia

On this sacred occasion, siblings invite each other to celebrate the festival. Sisters perform pooja and aarti, apply a tilak on their brother’s forehead, tie rakhi on his wrist and pray for a long, healthy and happy life. The day also calls for celebrations and cheerfulness. In return brothers pamper their sisters with surprise gifts such as like jewelry, apparels, cosmetics or household gift items or cash. The men of Malaysia also take a vow to shelter their sisters during difficult times in her life. On this special occasion, siblings spend their time with the rest of the family. Sisters organize a lavish feast for their brother with finger-licking recipes. Those who stay away send their wishes through courier, postal and online Internet services. The day has always been an occasion to cherish and strengthen the wonderful bond between brothers and sisters.