MALU SHARMAJAMMU: Preparations for Raksha Bandhan have started in each and every house. The markets are overcrowded with people sticking to shops selling Rakhis, and other gifts. These days, markets in city are wearing a festive look. The shops are decorated with colourful Rakhis as only few days are left for the festival signifying the strong and eternal bond of love between brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan signifies everlasting love, emotions and eternal bonding between brother and sister. Celebrated in different ways with different names allover India, this festival also has a deeper meaning and spiritual significance. But this year Lumba Rakhi is the centre for attraction. Lumba Rakhi trend is gaining momentum in our city too. These Lumba Rakhis are specially made for Bhabhis and signifies the bond between sister-in-law and Bhabhi. Heavy rush is being witnessed on the roads of the city as everyone is in hurry to buy gifts and Rakhis for their brothers and Bhabhis. Kshitiza Sharma, a 7-year old girl while buying Rakhi at Pacca Danga market, said that this year there is more variety of Rakhis available in the market as compared to last year. Motu-Patlu is my favourite and I am going to buy this for my elder brother and I will buy Doremon Rakhi with light effect for myself.” Sunita Koul, a newly married bride said, “This is my first Rakhi after marriage and its double celebration as Rakhi falls on 15th Independence Day. I am buying Rakhi for my brother and Lumba Rakhi for my sister-in-law. I wish both a happy and healthy life. Also, I through your medium would like to congratulate new Jammu and Kashmir as it is first Hindu festival after the revocation of Article 370; so I wish all Jammuites free and happy Rakhi and Independence day.” Gagan Sharma, running a Rakhi shop at Pacca Danga said, “This year Lumba Rakhis and Rakhis with Ganesha idol are in demand. Children prefer Rakhis with Cartoon Characters, light and music, so keeping in view of their choice there are huge designs and variety for kids. Moreover, these Rakhis are also pocket friendly as they range from Rs 50 to Rs 250.” Sisters tie colourful Rakhis on the wrists of their brothers as mark of trust, besides the youngsters and children enjoy kite flying during the whole day- a local tradition associated with the festival. Before tying the thread, sisters apply Tilak on the forehead of their brothers and pray for their long life and happiness. In return, sisters are showered with gifts by the brothers.
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