Celebrating Siblings: A Guide to Raksha Bandhan – The White Mulberry Gifts

Celebrating Siblings: A Guide to Raksha Bandhan

Summertime at the White Mulberry means we're busy gearing up for a season of Indian festivals and cherished cultural & family traditions. A Bay-Area, California business now, our roots and families are in India, and we're hard at work to bring you gifts that come from and represent the rich tapestry of our heritage. 

While vibrant festivals like Diwali, the Festival of Lights, and Holi, the colorful festival of spring, have gained international recognition, Raksha Bandhan might be a new discovery for many outside of Indian culture.

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Falling on Monday, August 19th this year, Raksha Bandhan is a joyous explosion of color, sweets, and most importantly, the celebration of the unshakeable bond between siblings and cousins.

This celebration, focused on the special bond between siblings and loved ones, holds immense significance within Indian families but hasn't quite reached the same level of global awareness.

This blog post is dedicated to Raksha Bandhan as a guide for anyone who is less familiar with it as an essential Indian holiday. So keep reading to learn more about Raksha Bandhan: what it is, how it's celebrated, and why it's such a beautiful celebration of family and friendship.

A Thread of Tradition: The History of Raksha Bandhan

Literally translating to "bond of protection," Raksha Bandhan's origins can be traced back to ancient Hindu mythology. The stories vary, but a common theme features a brave woman offering a sacred thread (Rakhi) to her brother, symbolizing her love and seeking his lifelong protection. The brother, in turn, vows to keep her safe. 

raksha bandhan gift for sister

What Are Rakhis?

At the heart of Raksha Bandhan lies the symbolic Rakhi itself. Traditionally, a Rakhi is a simple yet beautiful thread bracelet, often handcrafted from vibrant colored yarns as seen in our White Mulberry Raksha Bandhan Collection.

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These bracelets are adorned with intricate designs, beads, and sometimes even auspicious symbols, making them a visually stunning token of love and protection.

More Than Just Thread: The Significance of Rakhi Design

The Rakhi's design can hold special meaning. Many Rakhis incorporate vibrant colors like red and gold, representing prosperity and good luck.

Delicate embroidery patterns or small charms can depict religious symbols like the Om or images of deities associated with protection, like Hanuman.


How Rakhi Has Evolved

Today, Rakhis come in a wide variety to suit different tastes. You'll find contemporary designs with sleek metallic accents on our website, Rakhis made with eco-friendly materials, and even personalized options with names or initials woven into the thread.

Why Raksha Bandhan is Celebrated

In our fast-paced lives, Raksha Bandhan serves as a beautiful reminder of the importance of family and chosen family. It's a day to reconnect, express love, and strengthen the invisible threads that bind us.

tying rakhi on brothers wrist

Where Raksha Bandhan is Celebrated

  • Indian Subcontinent: This includes India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mauritius, where the festival has its roots and is most widely celebrated.
  • Countries with Significant Hindu Populations: Due to the Hindu diaspora, Raksha Bandhan is also observed in countries with large Hindu populations, such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.

Celebrating Raksha Bandhan in the United States

Living far from extended families is a common experience for many Indians in the United States who immigrated here from India. No one understand that more than White Mulberry founder, Tanu Pant, who moved her family to California over a decade ago to pursue new opportunities. 

Luckily, Raksha Bandhan transcends geographical boundaries. Here are a few ways you can celebrate even if you are far away from your loved ones this August:

  • Send Rakhis online: The White Mulberry offers a beautiful selection of handcrafted Rakhis you can send to your loved ones across the miles. We have a variety of gift boxes at several different price points so you can decide what Raksha Bandhan gift and which Rakhi design are the best fit for your sibling.
  • Host a virtual Rakhi tying ceremony: Get creative! Use Zoom, FaceTime, or another video chat to connect with siblings or friends and tie the Rakhi virtually. Share stories and laughter to keep the spirit of the occasion alive. In this digital age, let's use technology to help us connect with each other, even from afar.
  • Make it a day of appreciation: Even if sending a Rakhi isn't possible (though it's so easy to send a Rakhi Gift with The White Mulberry!), reach out to your loved ones with a heartfelt message or phone call. You may be surprised how long it's been since you connected with your brother or sister, especially if you live far away from each other.
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As you delve deeper into the traditions of Raksha Bandhan, remember that the essence lies in celebrating the enduring bonds we share. Whether you're near or far from your loved ones, The White Mulberry can help you bridge the gap.

Explore our curated collection of exquisite Rakhis, each a unique expression of your love and well wishes.

Find the perfect Rakhi to grace your sibling's wrist and celebrate the unbreakable thread that binds you together.

Visit our website today and discover the magic of Raksha Bandhan with The White Mulberry!