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Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of siblings
We were even more thrilled when we realised that his visit would coincide with the festival of Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of siblings as I call it!
My husband is the youngest in his family & our eldest nephew (my daughter's eldest cousin) is the eldest son of his older brother.
The age gap between the two cousins is 15 years!
I have reproduced the official explanation of Raksha Bandhan from Wikipedia below but for me, in the simplest form, I describe it as the celebration that symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her.
Source: Wikipedia for the "official" explanation of Rakhi
Raksha Bandhan, (the bond of protection) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters.
The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, which comes in many colors and designs, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister. The brother usually presents his sister with an envelope filled with money, though other presents such as saris and clothing can be given. The brother and sister traditionally feed one another sweets. These sweets include anything from Jalebi, Kaju Katli, and Burfi. Since Indian kinship practices give cousins a status similar to siblings, girls and women often tie the rakhi to their male cousins as well (referred to as "cousin-brothers" ).
Unrelated boys and men who are considered to be brothers (adopted brothers) can be tied rakhis, provided they commit to a lifelong obligation to provide protection to the woman or girl.