Raksha Bandhan- The Celebration of Sibling Love | Raksha Bandhan | Raksha Bandhan Date

Raksha Bandhan- The Celebration of Sibling Love

Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi, is one of the famous Hindu festivals celebrated in India with pomp and gaiety. The festival of Rakhi celebrates the eternal bond between brother and sister. The festival falls on a full moon day in the month of Shravan (August-September) as per the Hindu Calender. This year, the festival of Rakhi will be celebrated on August 20, 2013.

Historical Associations

There are many legends associated with the festival of Rakhi.

Humayun and Rani Karnavati:  Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of King of Chittor asked for the help of Emperor Humayun when Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah invaded Chittor. She sent a Rakhi to Humayun and he was so touched that he immediately set off to defend Chittor.

However, he reached late and Bahadur Shah invaded Chittor. Seeing this, Rani Karnavati along with all other ladies in the fortress carried out Jahaur (act of killing oneself to avoid dishonour). However, Humayun respected the rakhi sent to him by Karnavati and he evicted Bahadur Shah from Chittor and restored Chittor to Rani Karnavati’s son.

Yam and Yamuna: According to another legend Yamuna (river) tied a knot on the hand of Lord Yama (Lord of Death) and was given immortality. Yama was so touched with the moment that he declared that whoever gets a Rakhi tied on his wrist and promises protection for his sister, will be bestowed with immortality. That is why it is said that Rakhi protects a brother from all evils.

Similarly, Roxana, wife of Alexander sent a sacred thread to Porus asking him to save her husband Alexander in the battle. Porus gave full respect to her Rakhi and left Alexander unharmed.

There are a few other narratives related to the festival of Raksha Bandhan, all depicting the relevance of this thread, Rakhi, which is like a promise of protection to sisters from their brothers and a shield of protection for brothers.

Traditional Celebrations

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is entirely dedicated to the love and affection shared between a brother and a sister. The festival is marked by tying a Rakhi (a sacred and coloured thread decorated with beads & other things) on the wrist of the brother by the sister. On this day, sisters pray to God for a long life and happiness for their brothers. The brother in turn promises her for her protection and presents Rakhi gifts to her. Sister offers sweets to her brother after tying a knot on his wrist. Vermicelli Kheer, sweets, pakodas and vegetable pancakes are some of the popular Rakhi recipes especially prepared on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

How to celebrate the festival of Rakhi with your children at your home

  • Explain your children about the significance of the festival. You may explain to them by narrating popular legends related to the festival of Raksha Bandhan.
  • Ask your children for their help in decorating your home for the festival.
  • Encourage your daughter to prepare a Rakhi greeting card for her brother.
  • Help your son to buy some good presents for his sister.
  • Pray to God along with your children and offer your rakhis & sweets to the God.
  • Teach them to pray God to offer His blessings to these rakhis to be tied on brother’s wrist.
  • Ask your children to fulfill the custom of Rakhi by tying a rakhi on brother’s hand, offering sweets and sharing gifts with each other.
  • Prepare Raksha Bandhan recipes for the festive occasion of Raksha Bandhan with your children, like vermicelli Kheer, vegetable pancakes etc.
  • Enjoy lunch with your children in the afternoon and you may plan an outing with them in the evening.

This way you can enjoy the festival with your children; at the same time teach them the importance of the festivals in our lives.

State Bank of India PO Results Declared

State Bank of India, PO Results 2013 Declared

SBI PO (State Bank of India Probationary Officers) recruitment examination 2013 took place on April, 28.

As per the updates, SBI PO candidates who cleared the SBI PO recruitment written exam 2013 had entered the next interview stage and this time the SBI PO successful roll numbers have been published online. Along with this it has been informed that the successful candidates have also been up to date via SMS and e-mail on registered mobile numbers and email ids.

Moreover, the marks of Written Examination, Group Discussion and Interview will be uploaded on Bank’s official website after completion of the project.

The whole recruitment cycle is expected to be completed by end of August, 2013.

You may check your result online over the website i.e.

http://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/1375697334447_SBI_PO_ROLL_NUMBERS_ENGLISH.pdf

 

For further details you may visit the following website link:

http://www.sbi.co.in/

Eid-ul-Fitr: Celebrations with family | How to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr

Eid-ul-Fitr – Celebrations with family 

Eid is a holy festival of Muslims, which is celebrated twice a year as Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, while Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of Hajj, a holy pilgrimage to Mecca. There is a gap of around ten weeks in the celebrations of both the festivals. This year Eid-ul-Fitr falls on or around August 9,2013. Due to nature of calendar, the date of the festival may vary as per the location.

Eid-ul-Fitr is an Arabic word which is an amalgamation of Eid and Fitr, which means festivity and breaking of fast, respectively. The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr falls after the holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims keep fast. The day is celebrated on the first day in the month of Shawwal (tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar) following Ramadan.

Ramadan is a month of religiousness, charity and blessings. People give charity to poor all throughout this month. A day before Eid, they donate actual food-rice, barley, dates, etc. to ensure that needy can have a meal on the day of Eid and celebrate the festival with family.

Traditional Celebrations

On the day of Eid, Muslims gather early in the morning in mosques to perform the Eid prayer. Before going to prayer, they eat something sweet especially a date fruit. The prayer consists of a sermon followed by a short congregational prayer. After prayers, people hug each other and greet ‘Eid Mubarak’. Later, they visit family and friends, share sweets and good wishes. Guests at home are offered ‘Meethi Sevayian’ and ‘Sharbat’. Eating outlets, shops, mosques and homes of Muslims are decorated beautifully.

Children enjoy wearing new clothes and they receive gifts & money from their elders as ‘Eidi’. Girls wear new bangles and apply henna on their hands. Activities like shopping, feasting, visiting places and sharing gifts make their day.

Kinship, spiritual devotion, peace, self-control, sense of generosity and gratitude marks the festivity of Eid.

How can you celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr with your children at home:

  • Teach your children about the significance of the festival.
  • Go for shopping with your children, a day before the festival. Buy sweets & gifts for relatives, friends and your children too.
  • Involve your daughters in applying henna on hands, a night before Eid.
  • Encourage them to decorate your home on this special occasion.
  • Help them to make handmade greeting cards for their friends.
  • On the day of Eid, instruct your children to get up early in the morning, take a bath and wear new traditional clothes.
  • Ask them for their help you in preparing food for the festival. Involve them in cooking ‘Sevayian’.
  • Visit to a mosque with them and give them something sweet to eat before you take them to the mosque for prayers.
  • Tell them to hug their friends and greet ‘Happy Eid’ or ‘Eid Mubarak’ to all.
  • Encourage them to share gifts with friends and invite them at their home for celebrations.
  • Teach your children about the importance of charity and encourage them to donate food & clothing to the needy.

Whether you are Muslim or non-Muslim, invite your children’s friends on the day of Eid and celebrate this festival of brotherhood and happiness together to inculcate in them the true spirit of festival, regardless of caste and creed.

 

Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)

The CEED is conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), for admission to the Masters and Ph.D. Programmes in Design at Indian Institutes of Technologies and Indian Institute of Science.

CEED targets at evaluating the aptitude for design, involving visual perception ability, drawing skills, logical reasoning, creativity, and communication skills.

The Examination will be held from 9 am to 12 noon on 1st December 2013 (Sunday) at Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Those with 3-year Bachelor’s Degree are not eligible. There is no age limit. A person can appear for CEED any number of times. Application has to be submitted online at

http://www.gate.iitb.ac.in/ceed2014/

Between 5th August and 31st August, 2013.

Instructions for filling the online application are available in the website and Brochure. The applicant has to upload their photograph, signature and other documents. An eligible candidate will have to upload copy of the documents as specified in the website.

Application Fee:

Rs. 2,000/- for men of General and OBC categories

Rs. 1,000/- for SC/ST categories, Physically Disabled (PD) and all women applicants.

SC/ST/OBC/PD category applicants have to produce valid certificates issued by appropriate authorities in the format given in Annexure A of the CEED 2014 Brochure.

 

Results will be declared after 10 am on 3rd January, 2014 (Friday). Results will be mailed only to those candidates who qualify in Part A and Part B.

For further details, you may visit, the following website:

http://www.gate.iitb.ac.in/