The significance of Raksha Bandhan festival is huge in our West Bengal. It is celebrated no lesser than any other festival. The name of the festival, Raksha Bandhan is made up of two words, Raksha (Protection) and Bandhan (Relation).
On this day, a sister ties ‘Rakhi’ around her brother’s wrist while the brother undertakes an oath to protect his sister until death. According to the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon of the Savan month.
To curb this nationalist movement, the Britishers decided to divide Bengal in 1905, a move vehemently opposed by various leaders of the time, including Rabindranath Tagore. The British government passed the orders of partition in August 1905, which came into effect on October 16 of the same year. On that day Rakhi was celebrated each and every house as a medium to protest against British’s partition policy by showing a picture of unity among the two communities.
Following Tagore’s call, thousands gathered in Ganges ghat to tie Rakhi threads as a symbol of unity. Again we saw, Humayun received a rakhi from Chittor queen Rani Karnavati with a request to protect her kingdom.
Historically, The great Alexander’s wife Roxana send a rakhi to the Porus King and requested him not to attack Alexnader.