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Rakhrhya Punjabi: ਰੱਖੜੀਆ
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Examples of Rakihrhya
Official nameRakhrhya
Also calledRakhar punya
Observed byHindus and Sikhs
DatePuniya (full moon) of Sawan ਸਾਵਨ ਪੁੰਨਿਆ
2019 dateThursday, August 15
2020 dateMonday, August 3

Rakhri or Rakhrhee (Punjabi: ਰੱਖੜੀ) is the Punjabi word for Rakhi and a festival observed by Hindus and Sikhs.[1][2][3] In the Punjab region, the festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as Rakhrhya (Punjabi: ਰੱਖੜੀਆ).[4] Rakhrhya is observed on the same day of the lunar month of Sawan. It, like Raksha Bandhan, celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Rakhri means “to protect” whereby a brother promises to look out for his sister and in return, a sister prays for the well being of her brother. According to Fedorak (2006), the festival of Rakhri celebrates "the bonds between brothers and sisters".[5] Married women often travel back to their natal homes for the occasion. [6]

A Rakhri can also be tied on a cousin or an unrelated man. If a woman ties a Rakhri on the wrist of an unrelated man, their relationship is treated as any other brother and sister relationship would be. The festival is a siblings-day comparable to Mother's day/Father's day/Grandparents day etc.[7]


A sister will tie the Rakhri on her brother's wrist and her brother will traditionally give his sister a gift in exchange. Another feature of the celebration is the consumption of sweets.[8] There is no special ceremony but a sister will sing folk songs[9] and say something along the lines of:


ਸੂਰਜ ਛੱਡੀਆਂ ਰਿਸ਼ਮਾਂ
ਮੂਲੀ ਛੱਡਿਆਂ ਬੀਅ
ਭੈਣ ਨੇ ਬੰਨੀ ਰੱਖੜੀ
ਜੁਗ ਜੁਗ ਵੀਰਾ ਜੀਅ


Suraj chhadya rishma
mooli chhadya bi
bhain ne banni rahkhree
jug jug veera ji

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eleanor Nesbitt (2016) Sikhism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press[1]
  2. ^ Marian de Souza, Gloria Durka, Kathleen Engebretson, Robert Jackson, Andrew McGrad (2007) International Handbook of the Religious, Moral and Spiritual Dimensions in Education. Springer [2]
  3. ^ People of India: A - G., Volume 4 (1998) Oxford Univ. Press[3]
  4. ^ "Raksha bandhan is here!". The Hindu. 8 August 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  5. ^ Fedorak, Shirley (2006) Windows on the World: Case Studies in Anthropology. Nelson. [4]
  6. ^ Hess, Linda (2015) Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India. Oxford University Press[5]
  7. ^ "Articles - Siblings Day Foundation". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  8. ^ Kristen Haar, Sewa Singh Kalsi (2009) Sikhism
  9. ^ Pande, Alka (1999) Folk Music & Musical Instruments of Punjab: From Mustard Fields to Disco Lights, Volume 1 [6]
  10. ^ Alop ho riha Punjabi virsa - bhag dooja by Harkesh Singh Kehal Unistar Book PVT Ltd ISBN 978-93-5017-532-3