“Raksha Bhandan”, in Sanskrit (ancient Indian language), literally means, “the bond of protection, obligation and care”. It is a popular traditional Hindu festival celebrated annually in the holy lunar calendar month of Sharavan (Shravan Sud Poonam), which falls in August. It is a day of the full moon. On this day sister ties a Rakhi (talisman/amulet) around the right-hand wrist of their brothers, as a symbol of love. In turn the brother pledges to protect his sister and gives a gift. Raksha Bhandan celebrates the bond between a brother and sister.
The festival of Nori Nem is celebrated in Gujrat, India for the health and well-being of their children. “Nori” means ‘Mongoose’. “Nem” means ‘ninth’. The day is celebrated on the ninth day of the holy month of Sharavan.
Memories of Shravan Mahina (month), in our house was always in the summer holidays…. Our first thoughts were… “Oh no”!!!! mums not gonna cook meat for a month, and my Ma (Grandama), mum and mami always observed the traditions, and the food during the festivals.