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Long distance siblings? Ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan when they are away

This year, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 11. In case you are not with your sibling on this day, here are a few ways by which you can make their day better

Tapatrisha Das | AUGUST 10, 2022, 09:40 PM IST
Long distance siblings? Ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan when they are away

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the purest form of love and care – the love shared between siblings. From childhood, siblings form one of the most important people we grow up around. From having the first fight to the first sneak out to crying on each other’s shoulders and facing difficult times together, siblings are our first best friend in life. Siblings always share a sweet love and hate relationship. Siblings fight with each other and fight for each other. From being our best friends, to our support to our family, sibling love is meant to be cherished and celebrated every day.

On the day of Raksha Bandhan, according to the tradition, the sister ties the Rakhi or the amulet on their brothers’ hands. This amulet marks safety and the promise of loving each other till eternity. With this, the sister prays for longevity and protection of the brother, and the brother showers her with gifts and care. This is the day meant to pamper your sibling to bits.

However, with time we all move out of our homes for jobs or studies. Often, we do not get to be together with our siblings on this special day. But how do we celebrate? Here is a list of activities that you can do with your sibling even when he is far away on Raksha Bandhan.

Photobook: Nothing captures the essence of growing up together than a scrap book with all the memories. Make a photo book with personalised notes and trace the journey you have come together with your sibling.

Ceremony: Get on a Zoom call with family and have a proper traditional ceremony. Parcel your sibling the rakhi so that he can tie it on himself with you being on the virtual meet.

Favourite meal: No Raksha Bandhan is complete without the siblings’ favourite meal. But how do you cook for your sibling when he/she is far away? We have got you covered. Order from his/her nearby restaurant all that he loves and is craving for. It will surely make his day.

Social media: We have social media to the rescue. Make a reel or a short video of you and your sibling and let them know how much you are missing them on this special day.

Flowers: Who doesn’t like to open their door and be showered with flowers of their choice? Send across your sibling’s favourite flowers to their door and watch them giggle on the video call with you later.

Make your festival eco-friendly with these edible rakhis

The popularity of edible rakhis is expanding rapidly. It's particularly prevalent among young people. They become more popular since they come in a variety of colours, tastes, designs, and pricing. It's a trend that will undoubtedly intensify over time. Here are some of the edible rakhis that you can try gifting your brother this Raksha Bandhan.

Edible rakhi cookies: Everyone loves cookies and have their own way of eating it. Now you may gift your brother a cookie rakhi and enjoy eating it too. You can choose from a variety of options from butter cookie to chocolate, vanila, mango, hazelnut, caramel etc and you can also decorate them with chocolate chips and cream and finish them off by placing them on top of a vibrant ribbon and your cookie rakhis are ready!

Chocolate rakhi: Chocolate rakhi would make this Raksha Bandhan truly chocolatey. Your favourite ingredients can be combined with white chocolate, dark chocolate, or milk chocolate. You can add dry fruits because it pairs best with chocolate and will be delicious as well as nourishing. You can give it various shapes and sizes to make it appear more appealing and distinctive. Since everyone likes chocolate, it is also a safe bet

Truffle cake rakhi

There is always cake to celebrate a festival, and what could be better than your lovely edible rakhi on a plain chocolate cake with whipped cream on top? The cakes can be customised to your preferences, and you can add a lovely edible rakhi decorated in natural colours. A gorgeous cake decorated with rakhis is the best way to celebrate Raksha Bandhan.

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