Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival celebrates on the last day of Sharavana Month which typically falls in August.
This year Raksha Bandhan is on 22nd August 2021. Every occasion has the best Muhurat for performing the rituals and tying rakhi is the main ritual of Raksha Bandhan. So, the best Muhurat for the rakhi tying ceremony is from 5:30 am to 6:30 pm.
This festival has always been jostling around the shops packed with beautiful rakhis and gifts. Adults and kids both like to buy the best rakhis from the market. But things have bound to be different this year just like the previous year.
Covid-19 has changed our routine, lifestyle, and habits. Festivals are no longer the same. You can’t step out of the house to buy rakhis, sweets, and gifts. People now miss the old days when they go shopping and also the small retailers who used to rely on this period to make a lot of their sales. But, the time is not the same as it used to be. Stepping outside houses is not safe for any of us. One should stay home even if the festivals like Raksha Bandhan.
We know how it feels to not celebrate special occasions with your friends and family members. I have also experienced this. Last week my cousin was sitting aloof in the corner of his room, he was under some deep thoughts. When I asked him what happened, he responded that he misses the old days and asked when he can play outside, meet friends, and this time again he won’t be able to celebrate his favorite festival rakhi with his cousins.
Well, he is not the only child who’s facing this or thinking about this, several other children like him are affected by this. But, it’s the responsibility of the parents to make them understand that they will celebrate this auspicious festival with a few changes.
Make sure not to let social distancing ruining the Raksha Bandhan celebration for kids. If you need then you can tell them the great ways to enjoy and celebrate this Raksha Bandhan while staying at home.
Raksha Bandhan Celebration Ideas
1. Shop Online
The time has changed now and so have the consumers’ behavior. Even though people used to buy rakhi online earlier also, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has brought a drastic surge in the demand of the online rakhi and rakhi gifts portals and e-commercial sites.
So, you can also buy rakhi for brother online or Rakhi gifts online. This is the best way to celebrate your rakhi with your cousins and siblings who stay far away from you. Also, help your children to select the right rakhi and rakhi gifts of their choices.
You will find a lot of variety to choose from at online gifting portals. From traditional rakhi to fancy rakhis in variant shapes and sizes – cartoon to superheroes, every type of rakhi is available online.
The best part of online shopping is that you can shop at your convenience. Online portals promise 100% contactless delivery of the products hence, you can easily make social distancing by buying rakhi online.
2. Decorate Your Home
During the pandemic, you can only not go outside but this doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate the festival inside your home. Give your home a festive touch with kids by decorating it with DIY crafts. This can create positivity at home.
Ask your children to make some crafts and make sure they are enjoying and happy around the festival. If you cannot do it yourself then you can buy decorative through online portals. Make sure to place an order a few days before the festival.
3. Courier Handmade Rakhis
What else could be the best gesture for your brother than sending a handmade rakhi to him? He would love to get a pleasant surprise from you and this will definitely make the festival extra special for him. You will find many YouTube videos for DIY rakhi collections 2021.
Get some ideas from there and make your own rakhi and courier it. Similarly, help your children to make rakhis and adorned them with stones and beads. Let them see that there are different ways to celebrate the festival and make this rakhi special and memorable for them.
4. Online Rakhi Gifts and Vouchers
You must be worried to send gifts to your sibling. So, by sending rakhi gifts online you can make the festival more special for your sister or brother. And if you don’t find anything appropriate then you can gift a voucher from any shopping site to your sister. With this, she can redeem the voucher and buy anything that she likes.
5. Virtual Rakhi Tying Ceremony
If you are not together at the same place then you can still celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan virtually. Dress up like you do each year and do a video call with your brother.
Put tilak and tie rakhi on your brother’s hand on a video call and make this occasion fun for you two. After this offer sweets and your brother would have the same sweets you have sent through online gift portals. This gesture could make up for your physical presence.
6. Make Sweets at Home
During a pandemic, it is not safe to buy sweets. So, you can make your brother’s favorite sweets at home. If you are living distantly then you can send the pictures of the sweets you have made to relieve jealousy and fight that you use to have over small things.
7. Play Indoor/Online Games
As the way, you use to play games in your childhood days, play indoor games this year. After the rakhi tying ceremony, you all can play games like carom, chess, Ludo, Tambola, and much more. And if you all are not together then also you need not worry because you can play games online also.
8. Put WhatsApp Status
Let your siblings know how much you love them. Put a status on your WhatsApp of old pictures collections. Either make a collage or post pictures individually with some heartwarming messages.
Not only kids but adults also get excited for the Raksha Bandhan festival because this is a festival of exchanging gifts and goodies. People enjoy buying gifts and beautiful rakhis from the market.
Well, this year the excitement won’t be the same for many of us but you must make it special for kids as special as always. Don’t let the pandemic hamper the fun and excitement of the festival and how your kids feel.
Neither you nor your kids can indeed go to social gatherings or cousin’s places but you can celebrate the festival using the above-discussed Raksha Bandhan celebration ideas and feel good at home only.
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