Rakhi : This may just be a simple colored thread. But now a days costly
Rakhis are available where a decorated piece made of foam, colored
cotton, colored papers, decorative tinkles and what not are
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on Shravan Poornima
(Udaya Tithi falling in mooring hours) day.
It is celebrated throughout India as a festival where sisters tie colorful and decorative Rakhis on the wrist of brothers and receive gifts or money in return. Sisters send Rakhis by post as well. Packets containing Rakhi and sweets can be ordered by email. This practice has also invaded Mithilanchal in a big way, just like cutting cakes on birthdays. A cultural invasion so to say.
In Mithilanchal, the festival where sisters perform rites for
the well being of brothers are : Bhratri Dwitiya and Sama. So far Rakhi is
concerned, it was a practice to offer Rakhis and sweets to the family
goddess (Gosauin) in a special pooja on Shravan Poornima day and then the
priest or the elder ties the Rakhi on the right wrist of males and
left wrist of females (a practice not followed outside Mithilanchal)
after they have taken bath, reciting the following sloka: