We live in a country that is rich in culture and traditions. We celebrate every relationship and dedicate special days to commemorate them. From parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and siblings, we celebrate the bonds we have with each other. One such occasion is Raksha Bandhan. It is dedicated to the unique relationship between a brother and sister. On this occasion, a sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist as a symbol of protection against evil influences. Sisters pray for their brother’s long lives and happiness, and the brother showers his sisters with chocolates, sweets, and gifts. It is celebrated with much reverence and zeal all over India.
Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion, but what makes it more special is when it’s your child’s first rakhi day. Like every first experience, your child’s first Raksha Bandhan is a special one, and we are here to tell you how to make that memorable. Sure, they won’t remember it, but you will have captured moments of joy and love through photos that your baby can look back at when they are older. Every family has its own set of traditions when it comes to the festival, and finding what’s meaningful to you is what will make it a memory close to your heart.
Bring In The Significance
It has become common practice to focus on gifts and other materialistic aspects of a festival, and more often than not, the true meaning of it is lost in all the commotion. The markets have a wide variety of rakhis available. Right from studded and silk threaded rakhis to fancy diamond and gold rakhis, the list of options is endless. While these things are essential, the essence of the festival does not lie in what kind of rakhi you get. Instead, it’s about strengthening the bond between brother and sister. So here are a few things you could do to make your baby’s first Raksha Bandhan special:
- Make The Festival Baby Friendly
Babies are too small to understand the nitty-gritty of a festival. So, try to make it baby-friendly. Take it slow and try to make it colorful so your baby will feel engaged. Short and sweet is the best way to go when you have a baby at home!
- Personalize Your Rakhi
There are several options for rakhis in the market. Some people buy expensive rakhis of gold, silver, and diamonds to give to their brothers. But these are quite unnecessary with a baby. Instead, try to personalize your rakhi to fit your baby’s needs. You could use beads to spell out your baby’s name. Or even make an edible one. Now that’s something your baby will enjoy!
- Choose The Right Gift
A significant part of the festival is the gift a sister receives. It could be anything she loves. Right from jewelry, chocolates, clothes, or even books if she loves to read. Always pick gifts that are age-appropriate so kids can enjoy them. As your child grows older, teach him to choose gifts that will make his sister happy.
- Strengthen The Sibling Bond
It is usual for siblings to fight, but on this festival, remind your kids that they have to stick together and have each other’s backs even through the fights and misunderstandings. They could play games that help strengthen their relationship. They could also write letters to each other about why they are lucky to have each other as siblings. Such gestures help build stronger brother-sister bonds.
- Start Your Own Tradition
There are many ways to celebrate a festival so special. Apart from the usual traditions, you could start a unique tradition for your family that you follow every year. Watch a movie together, visit your grandparents, bake a cake together, or volunteer at an orphanage. Small but significant traditions like these will enable stronger connections between children.
With Raksha Bandhan around the corner, we hope we helped you add a few new elements to this beautiful festival. What are some of the things you do with your siblings on this day? Comment below and share your ideas with us.