Friday, June 2, 2023
Himachal Pradesh

Fairs and Festivals


Rakhadumni (Rakhi)

On the full moon day in the monsoon month of Bhadrapad, Rakhadumni festival is celebrated. The married sisters visit their father's house on this day and tie the sacred rakhi around their brother's wrists. They are received warmly and presented with gifts of money and clothes. The family priests also go to the houses of their patrons (yajman) and tie rakhi on their wrists, thus blessing them. Women who do not have a brother tie rakhi unto other fellow villagers and thus make a new brother. The rakhi threads remain on the wrist for a whole month and when the Sairi festival comes at the end of the month they are removed and offered to Mother Sairi.