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Festival of India – Raksha Bandhan: Festival are integral part of any culture. Celebrated throughout the year, the galaxy of Indian Festival makes the Indian Heritage the richest. Vibrant colors, brightly lit places, traditional cuisines and sweets, dance and music, dresses and ornaments, fasting and feasting, exchanging gifts and good will, prayers and processions, rituals and holidays, to welcome a new season or a new year, the harvest or the rain, on religious occasions or birthdays of Gods, saints and gurus or to worship the Sun and the Moon. Regions or reasons may vary and so do the names, but, the festive spirit, concept of universal brotherhood, warm hospitality and enthusiasm appeals people across the globe to be a part of it. The full moon of the Shravan, a pious Hindu monsoon month, falls in August. Known as ‘Shravni Poornima’, the day is celebrated for different reason. ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means the Bond of Protection and unconditional love between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie Rakhi – a sacred thread – on their brothers’ wrist and bestow him with gifts and blessings while the brothers promise to stand by sisters through good and had times. Rakhi is a pledge to be kind to all through ones’ actions, speech and behavior. The essence of Rakshi suggests universal brotherhood. For Brahmins, ‘Balev’, the day to take the pledge of Brahmanik rites and change the sacred thread (‘Janeu’ or ” Yagnopavit’). Amongst all the 16 ‘ Sanskars’ of Hinduism, ‘Upanayan’, the sacred thread initiatin, is regarded as supreme. A Brahmin by birth becomes a Brahmin by Karma only after wearing the thread and performing the ceremony. For fishermen, ‘Narali Purnima’ is the beginning of a new fishing season. The fishing business stops between June and August. Only after offering tender coconuts and receiving blessing of ‘Dariya Raja’, the Sea Lord and the Rain God Varun, Fisher-follks can celebrate ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and resume fishing activities.