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Raksha Bandhan

5 Aug 2009 (annual)
Link: Raksha Bandhan Website
During the annual Raksha Bandhan festival, the women of Mumbai celebrate their sibling ties (quite literally) by tying a rakhi - which may be colourful thread, a simple bracelet, or decorative string - around the wrist of their brothers.
A very popular festival in India, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon in the lunar calendar's month of Sravana. In return for the sisters' colourful ties, the brothers promise to look after and protect their sisters. Girls can even tie rakhis around the wrists of strangers, immediately making them as close (in a pure way) as brother and sister.
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