𝘙𝘢𝘬𝘩𝘪 or 𝘙𝘢𝘬𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘯 really is all about promising your sibling your undying support, love and encouragement. With the literary translation of ‘raksha’ being protect, the modern interpretation takes on a more liberal connotation of protecting your sibling from also unseen evils like toxic masculinity, patriarchy, etc.
Over the years in our family, this tradition has witnessed the dissolution of gender norms with a brother tying to another or two sisters tying to each other. The most beautiful moments, however, compromise of brothers tying rakhis to their sisters. And thus in this role reversal, they defy an archaic tradition that place men above women; sisters are looked upon as equals with a shared responsibility of uplifting and celebrating their siblings.
Here is a collage of some cherished pictures - old and new - that make Rakhi a beautiful tradition in our family.