Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means "the tie or knot of protection". It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, and then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances. It is one of the several occasions in which family ties are sweared in India.
The festival is also an occasion to celebrate brother-sister like family ties between cousins or distant family members, sometimes between unrelated men and women. To many, the festival transcends family, brings together men and women across religions, diverse ethnic groups and ritually emphasizes harmony and love. It is observed in the Hindu calendar month of ?r?va?a, and typically falls in August every year. Raksha Bandhan has many legends linked to it. For example, the Rajput Queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as token of brotherhood. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her. 29th August marks the celebration of Rakshabandhan in the year 2015.