The festival of Rakhi- the festival that binds (bandhan) a brother to protect (raksha) his sister lifelong. For me, the beauty of this festival lies in the fact that it is not strictly bound by any culture or religion. Any two people sharing a brother-sister like bond can celebrate this day. It not only celebrates the loving bond between them but also shows that people and relationships are similar across cultures and religions.
Anyhow, coming to our outer beauty from the beauty of the festival. Rakhi is celebrated with the family (usually), so mostly everyone especially women dress up in traditional wear. The idea of this post is not to tell you what to wear-we can’t do that-we are NOT FASHION BLOGGERS. Internet is full of some really amazing fashion bloggers and outfit ideas for you to try on various occasions. From classic silk and cotton sarees to crop top and skirts, from Pakistani salwar kameez to dhoti pants and kurtas, the list is endless. So you all women can search your wardrobe and find a hidden gem from your collection like I did or expand your search horizon and buy something new like Rashmi did (she’s a rich girl ;)) to wear this Rakhi.
Our idea is to encourage you women to take out some time from your daily activities and dress up this Rakhi any way you like. I am a mother to a year-old daughter and Rashmi is mother of two boys, one is 5 years of age and other is 10 months. However, we took out time to get ready. While I pressed my saree in haste and couldn’t get the nail paint done on my feet, Rashmi struggled till last minute to loosen her pants as it arrived only 10 minutes before the shoot. However, we dressed up and this was how;
I am wearing a solid colour embellished saree but instead of pairing it up with a saree blouse, I wore it with a multi-coloured crop top. I am a feeding mother so crop top makes it very easy for me to breastfeed my girl whenever and wherever I want. Rashmi is wearing an off-white suit with printed palazzos and matching dupatta. Suit is also chosen to give her the comfort of breast-feeding her son and making easy for her to run after her 5-year-old.
I am wearing a traditional Haryanvi gold jewellery called Jhalara and Rashmi is wearing a Kundan set with green tint and pearls. Since I wanted my Jhalara to be the highlight so I matched it with very small gold earrings and a gold watch whereas Rashmi matched her set with a silver watch and pearl bracelet as her suit was more on the plain side.
Make-up and Hair:
As a woman, I prefer minimal to no make-up always, so here I am stuck to the basics with a kajal, mascara, and a lip-gloss. Rashmi, on the other hand, has dolled up and applied make-up to accentuate her beauty. For hair, we both did nothing. Mine are naturally curly hair and Rashmi has naturally straight hair (I know! I am jealous too).
So, that is all about it. See it does not take much to make ourselves feel special and dress up on special occasions. I know we women will also cook some special meals and decorate the house on this day and then we all married women will have to go to maayka for Rakhi. However, I hope this post will encourage you all to get ready and celebrate this Rakhi wholeheartedly.
Hope you all have fun! Pease share with us your feedback as well as Rakhi celebration pictures in comments. We’ll be waiting.