53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #24

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Happy Raksha Bandhan to all of you!!

As I mentioned in my last post, the month of Sravan (typically July / August per Gregorian calendar), the Hindu festival season begins with mini and major events along the way until the end of month of Karthik (usually November per Gregorian calendar). The next festival following Varalakshmi Vratam usually is Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi, a festival celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters.

This year the festival fell on Monday, August 3rd. Rakhi is a thread (could be as fancy as it can get or just a simple red thread) tied on the brother's right wrist by the sister, acknowledging the bond, strengthening it, wishing for health and prosperity, and celebrating with all heart. Rakhis are made in all kinds of materials and metals, with beautiful designs. It is a cute little fun festival.

Most times I get to meet my brothers either before or on the day or after depending on other family events going on and vacation schedules. However, this pandemic has turned this into a virtual meet just like every other event. 

I wore this simple very light peach pink Georgette saree paired with multi-color contrast Blouse. The saree has thread and sequin hand work all through.

It is 17 years old and I am amazed that the work on the saree survived. Again it was gifted by my mother. 

Accessorized with peach pink bead necklace with gold locket, gold earrings, and color coordinated bangles on my wrist. 

My parents from India, and brothers and their families from California joined for the video call for the festivities. I setup the Aarti Plate giving aarti to my brothers through the video chat. Interesting times we are in that the video calls have become the norm. I hope next year I can be in-person with my family for this event.


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