Lamp on a metal plate as part of a Hindu ritual

ashishagarwal74

New Delhi, India

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Rakhi is a Hindu festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters. The idea is that on this day, the sister ties a decorated thread on the hand of her brother (or even somebody who is not a blood brother but whom she considers as her brother). This bond also extends to the wife of the brother, and a bond is also tied on her hand. In return, the expectation is that the brother protects her when she needs any sort of help. This is a big festival in India, to the extent that most organizations give this day off as a holiday. A possible origin to this festival is where a Hindu princess requested help from a Muslim king and accepted him as her brother. In this photo, you can see the flame being lit in a lamp as part of the preparations for the ceremony.

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