Few ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with your sibling in the midst of lockdowns and during times of social distancing
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is an auspicious festival in India that honours that bond between a sister and brother, and typically falls in the month of Shravan. Traditionally, all the sisters tie rakhis to their brothers and pray for their long life, in exchange for being promised to be protected. But this year’s Raksha Bandhan appears a little different, owing to the pandemic that has gripped the world for months now. However, though we’ve been instructed to maintain social distancing, the festival needn’t be any less merry, especially when there are so many things that can be done to brighten up the occasion. Let’s check out the ways in which we all can celebrate rakhi 2020 and make it a memorable one!
Connect over a video call
For brothers and sisters who are far away from each other, this is a great idea to celebrate rakhi. You do not have to necessarily visit each other to express your love and celebrate your bond, it can best be done digitally. Exercise all the rituals over the video call and fill the void by interacting and carrying out fun activities. So, in this way, you’ll celebrate the festival, not miss your sibling, and yet get to witness that lovely smiling face, despite the distance.
Spoil each other with gifts
So, what if you are not able to make it for the occasion, in this day and age, sending gifts online has become an easy task – and yes, even amidst lockdown! Send some flowers through an online floweriest, a card through an email, or some delicious food from a nearby reliable restaurant. This surprise is certain to light up your sibling’s mood and remind them of the lovely old times you’ve spent together.
Cook something special
Indian festivals are incomplete without a spread of mouth-watering traditional dishes and sweets. What can get better than spending a few hours with your sibling cooking something special, perhaps, their favourite item? Your Raksha Bandhan doesn’t have to mandatorily be spent visiting restaurants or malls – you can have a day full of fun cooking sessions, games, and a mini-party at home, in and around loved ones in the most minimalistic ways.
Binge-watch movies and series
The weekends that you spend watching movies can be extended by a day for Raksha Bandhan. Shortlist movies and series that depict sibling relationships and run a movie marathon. Whether your sibling is near to you or far off, this fun activity can be performed in either of the situations. And yes, don’t forget to grab some cold drinks, a bowl of popcorn, and a tub full of ice-cream to make the moment even more special.
Work on a DIY gift
Being indoor has its own perks. Whether or not you are able to order gifts online, working on one all by yourself gives a different level of satisfaction. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing more admirable than receiving or gifting something that you’ve personally worked on, as opposed to any expensive materialistic gift. Sit down with your sibling if they are with you or video call them and brainstorm some ideas for a handmade gift. Unveil the surprise once you’re done and capture their expressions. I bet that moment will be worth cherishing!
Don’t let a virus dim your spirit – cherish the occasion and celebrate in style.