When is Rakshabandhan / Rakhi ?

by Urwashee Saxena

Indian festivals are the celebration of every aspect of our lives – from relationships to foods, from colors to gratitude, we celebrate everything in our festivals. Since our country is rich with the wealth of so many festivals, it gets hard to prepare for each festival right on time. And remembering their dates is another painful story.

Rakshabandhan is one of the most important festivals in India. This day is dedicated to all brothers and sisters who love and care for each other. Sisters buy beautiful Rakhi for their brothers to tie around their wrists. And brothers, in return, offer gifts and a promise of lifetime protection to their sisters.

The promise part doesn’t need any extra attention but it’s the gift part that can drive brother’s crazy. Therefore, we are here to remind you of the date of Rakshabandhan 2023, so that brothers and sisters can prepare the celebration of the day without missing out on anything.

When is Rakshabandhan or Rakhi in 2023?

The Rakshabandhan or Rakhi in 2023 is on Wednesday, 30th August. If you are a brother then you have enough time to buy a wonderful surprise gift for your sister. And if you are a sister then you can figure out ways to make this day extra special for your brother/s to feel appreciated.

Is Rakshabandhan or Rakhi celebrated every year on the same date?

Yes, and No. According to the Gregorian Calendar, the festival of Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is not celebrated on the same date. But according to the Hindu Calendar – The Vikram Samvat, every year Rakshabandhan is celebrated on Purnima Tithi (Full Moon Day) of Shravan Masa (Month of Lord Shiva). And the dates of both of these calendars hardly coincide.

Why Rakshabandhan is celebrated?

Rakshabandhan has several origin stories. But the main message behind the celebration of the day is in the name itself. Rakshabandhan is made of two words, ‘Raksha’ means protection, and ‘Bandhan’ means to tie. Hence, Rakshabandhan is the day when sisters tie a decorated thread, traditionally made of silk or cotton, around the wrist of their brothers, reminding them of their duty to protect their sisters again all evils. In return, the brothers offer their assurance to their sisters by promising them that they will always be there for them.

Rakshabandhan is a celebration of duty towards each other. Traditionally it is between brothers and sisters. But it goes way beyond. It is celebrated among aunts, uncles, and their nephews and nieces as well. And sometimes between friends too. After all, we all need each other’s back.

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Can I still celebrate Rakshabandhan if I don’t have a sister or a brother?

Absolutely! As we have mentioned above. Rakshabandhan is also celebrated with aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. But other than that, you can celebrate it with friends as well. It does not imply that your friends can become your brother or sister. Rather, it is a reminder of duty towards each other that I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine.

From the entire family Viraasi, we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Healthy Rakshabandhan 2023.

Rakshabandhan / Rakhi Upcoming 5 Years Date: 
Rakhi 2023 Wed, 30 Aug 2023
Rakhi 2024 Mon, 19 Aug 2024
Rakhi 2025 Sat, 09 Aug 2025
Rakhi 2026 Fri, 28 Aug 2026
Rakhi 2027 Tue, 17 Aug 2027
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