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August 17, 2010

The Thread of Love

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This past weekend our family celebrated a baby shower, my dad's 65th birthday and we also celebrated the Indian tradition called Raksha BandhanRaksha Bandhan, which literally means bond of protection, is also known as Rakhi.  This is the celebration of the love and affection between a brother and a sister.  For brothers it stands for the responsibility to protect his sister from all sorts of evil in the world.  And for sisters, it is prayers for the brother's goodwill and well being.   This year Rakhi falls on August 24th and the tradition involves tying of a rakhi, or holy thread on the wrist of the brother.  In exchange the brother offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her.  It also involves feeding the brother some sort of sweets.

My brother, sister, and I all celebrated early this year since we were all together.  My sister and I tied a rakhi on my brother's wrist this morning (at 7am) while feeding him some delicious British Dairy Milk chocolate.

Next year this celebration will be even more sweet and special because Ariyana will tie a rakhi on her new baby cousin brother.  
And here is the sweet gift my brother gave us.  He has impeccable taste, (evident by the stylish Burberry tie he is wearing here) but we cannot give him all the credit because my sister in law has amazing taste too and more than likely she selected these gorgeous wristlets.  My brother gave my sister the Tory Burch metallic saffiano wristlet in platinum gold and I got the rose gold one.  We both also got very sweet hand written notes from my brother as well.  This is such a sweet Indian tradition.



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45 Comments:

this free bird said...

Awwwww I love this. What an amazing tradition to share between siblings!! (and cousins?)

Your brother's a generous guy, too! That's a little icing on top. hehe

xoxo,
Carrie

Sydney at PetiteGorgeous said...

Very happy for your family. It's such a great tradition that your family is still holding on.

MT Days & Nights said...

how fun! those tori burch clutches are soooo cute!

Hetal said...

Thanks for the credit!!

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Rachna said...

Love the post!! (PS - finally taught Hetu how to post a comment!)

Krystal said...

wow, this is such a great tradition, i love it! i can see it contributing to such good brother/sister relationships :) and CUTE wristlet, go your brother!

SAMI. said...

such a cute family tradition and cute gifts to boot! :)

xo
sami

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

What a wonderful tradition and what a beautiful family you have :)

Annie said...

What a sweet tradition and what gorgeous wristlets! :) You have a beautiful familly

The Zhush said...

This tradition is so touching! And great taste clearly runs in your gorgeous family.

coolkids said...

that is one awesome tradition! Love those wristlets...Jealous!:)

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a wonderful tradition,sweetie...and the wristlets are so pretty:) He really has a wonderful taste:) Glad you had a fun time...Kisses and enjoy your afternoon:)

GB said...

Love your rakhi gifts! Looks like you had a great break!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

What a nice tradition! And nice TB wristlet too ;)

bollywoodstylediaries said...

I love rakhi and what it stands for!! Should send this post to my brother so he gets some hints:-)

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

this is a great tradition! i am half indian and we don't celebrate many indian traditions because my family is so americanized now. too bad!

Danielle said...

Nice blog : )
lovely posts ♥

/Fashion Bowie

Valerie said...

What an amazingly meaningful and fun tradition! Naina, your entire family is stunning (all with fabulous style as well). And that wristlet is out of this world. ROSE GOLD??? That's my current obsession. Sounds like an awesome weekend.

xo
Valerie

Melissa said...

What a great holiday and tradition!

Mimi said...

what a perfect gift! that is so thoughtful of your brother! :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Nikki said...

What a nice gift, and sounds like such a great time!


xx
Nikki

Jess said...

What an amazing tradition - I love the idea behind it. And that Tory Burch wristlet is awesome!

Jammer said...

That is so sweet!! Those wristlets are so cute.

Becca. said...

aaaaw it all looks so lovely! glad you had a good time!

XOXO, BECCA
www.fashion-train.co.uk

Tanvi said...

How sweet is your brother. :o) Love your Rakhi gifts! ;)

style-haus said...

i enjoyed reading this post so much. :) thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition! so very thoughtful of your brother. the wristlet is super cute!

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

Audrey Allure said...

That's really interesting, I didn't know there was a celebration for that :)

Josie said...

My brother gives me... Books. Time for him to get a lesson here!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Beth Dotolo @ Hello, Splendor said...

What an amazing tradition! I love learning about it. Such great culture.
p.s. beautiful family!!

Vibhuti said...

Awww Naina,
those wristlets are so gorgeous. And you are all oomph from what I saw in the other posts too. One family that has got style in the genes huh! WOWy..
Am following you..:D

minnja said...

Lovely

Hugs
minnja

http://minnja.blogspot.com/

Anthea said...

Stunning gift! What a lovely tradition!

Anthea,
Embracing Style

MelissaNibbles said...

Rakhi is a beautiful tradition. Your brother is VERY generous. What a fabulous gift! Your relationship sounds very special.

Fabíola Beltrão said...

omg, u are gorgeous....


xoxo

Lee Oliveira said...

What a blessed family..
Loved the pictures
LOx

Lisa Griffin said...

This is such a sweet and beautiful tradition I kind of waht to adopt it for my family too!
www.indramaticfashion.com

Cara said...

awww this is so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

Taylor said...

traditions are amazing!!! And those wrislets are perfect!! Hold your cards while running out of the house for a quick errand - and each time you look at them you will remember that special day!

kirstyb said...

great post x

Cafe Fashionista said...

Your family is absolutely breathtaking; and your brother is such a sweetheart - with amazing taste!! :)

Torrie said...

I have never heard of this tradition before, but I wish our culture did the same! I place a huge emphasis on the relationship my daughter and son, as it is extremely important that they are close, respectful to one another, and that my son looks after his little sister. What a special tradition and a way to highlight this relationship. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Marcie said...

Awesome post and great tradition. You look beautiful. More posts like this please :)

xo M

Stacey said...

Family and cultural traditions are so important and i'm happy that you're all carrying on the Rakhi tradition in your family. You all look so adorable together:-)

Amy said...

i love this! i heard about this last year and wished my indian friend nik a happy rakhi and he said he had to send me money! ha ha. your bro does have good taste! so, if a girl doesn't have a brother, they celebrate with a cousin?

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