hindu festivals

Rakshābandhan: Festival for whose protection, exactly?

Rakshābandhan: Festival for whose protection, exactly?

Rakshābandhan, a festival which attracts as much pontification every year, as the fervour and fondness with which its celebrated, has always been analyzed from a colonialist, binary world-view. Projection of Victorian morays about gender on Hindu festivals never yields accurate result, and this festival is no exception. In this article, we try to analyze the symbolism of this festival from the lens of a native, indigenous, practicing feminist’s point of view.