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Buddhism (Mahayana): calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 3 months

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Thursday August 31, 2023Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)Buddhism (Mahayana)
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Raksha Bandhan / Nikini Poya (Janai Purnima)

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Thursday August 31, 2023
Buddhism (Mahayana) : The annual festival of Raksha Bandhan, which is meant to commemorate the abiding ties between siblings of opposite sex, usually takes place in late August, and is marked by a very simple ceremony in which a woman ties a rakhi — which may be a colorful thread, a simple bracelet, or a decorative string — around the wrist of her brother(s). The word raksha signifies protection, and bandhan is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the waist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him. He, likewise, recognizes the special bonds between them, and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of his protection over her.