Rakhsha Bandhan is an annual Hindu festival celebrating the special bond between brothers and sisters or unrelated persons with a similar familial bond. “Rakhsha Bandhan” is a Sanskrit phrase translated as “the bond of protection, obligation, or care.” In the main event of this festival, sisters tie a “rakhi” (amulet) around the wrist of their brother for his protection and then feed him a sweet treat. Brothers then give a gift and a sweet in return.
This interchange also symbolizes the responsibility a brother has in protecting and caring for his sister throughout her lifetime. In rural areas where women marry outside of their villages, they are allowed to return home for this ceremony, and their brothers will sometimes escort them as they travel. It is common for brothers to be the official intermediary between their parents and their sisters’ married homes. In 2023, this festival falls on Wednesday, August 30th.
Let’s pray for Hindu peoples around the world:
- Pray Hindus would accept the call to live in freedom through Christ Jesus and that siblings would model themselves after Jesus: “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:16,18
- Pray that brothers’ and sisters’ love for one another would reflect Romans 12: 9-10. ”Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
- Pray for siblings to embrace Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.