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Raksha Bandhan Facts + How to Make a Rakhi

Festivals | 5-14 yrs | Interactive

The festival of Raksha Bandhan celebrates the bond between a brother and his sister. This sacred festival marks the vow of a brother to protect his sister.

The sister ties a thread around her brother’s wrist and prays for the well- being of her brother.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on ‘Shrava Purnima’ every year.

History of Raksha Bandhan

There are many stories that revolve around this festival. Indian history and mythology have various legends attached to it.

One famous story is that of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun. Muslim invaders of the medieval period often attacked the Rajputs . In one such invasion the King of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah attacked Chittor. Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen, to save herself sent a bejewelled Rakhi as a sisterly gesture to the Mughal Emperor Humayun asking him to protect and save her from the clutches of Bahadur Shah.

Brothers usually give gifts to their sisters, sweets are eaten and the festival brings forth love and brotherhood.

How to Make a Rakhi

What You Need

  • Paper Ribbons 2-3 Colours
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler with pins
  • Satin Ribbon
  • A small strip of black paper

6 Steps to Make a Rakhi

Step-1

  • Take a paper ribbon of your favourite colour and roll it with your fingers as shown in the picture.

Step-2

  • Cut a piece of hard paper in circle of about an inch diameter.
  • Paste it on the Satin Ribbon in the centre.
  • Paste a quilled paper ribbon as shown in the picture.

Step-3

  • Prepare about 8 to 9 petals to make a pretty flower design.

Step-4

  • Arrange the petals in the order you choose to have the colours.

Step-5

  • Now paste the petals carefully on earlier prepared base of Rakhi.
  • So now you have created your own Rakhi.

Step-6

  • You can make several other designs like in this picture and tie the Rakhi on the hands of your dear brothers who are always special to you!

For more interesting festivals for kids, visit: http://mocomi.com/learn/culture/festivals/

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