Raksha Bandhan 2023: Why is Rakhi being celebrated for two days this year?

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Raksha Bandhan 2023

The approaching auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan 2023 is just around the corner. Following the Hindu calendar, Raksha Bandhan typically occurs on the full moon day of the Shukla Paksha in Shravan.

Raksha Bandhan 2023 Date: August 30th or 31st?

As preparations for Raksha Bandhan this year unfold, a dilemma arises: should we celebrate the festivities on August 30th or 31st? The cherished tradition of sisters tying protective Rakhis on their brothers’ wrists hangs in the balance as uncertainty looms, leaving sisters in a quandary over the ideal date.

Raksha Bandhan Extended: Bhadra Impact on August 30

The confusion arises due to the appearance of Bhadra on August 30, coinciding with the Purnima (full moon) date of the month of Shravan. As a result, the Rakhi festival has been extended to 30 and 31 August. The day of August 30 or 31 needs to be clarified for Raksha Bandhan due to the effect of Bhadra. Hindu practices recommend abstaining from auspicious activities during Bhadra. The most auspicious Raksha Bandhan coincides with Shravana Purnima, which bypasses Bhadra and favors afternoon celebrations.

Bhadra Period’s Daylong Presence

On Raksha Bandhan, the Bhadra phase will stretch throughout the day. As per the Panchang, Shravan Shukla Purnima begins at 10:59 AM on August 30 and continues until 07:05 AM on August 31. Concurrently, the full moon date starts on August 30, with the Bhadra period commencing and concluding at 9:01 PM on the same day.

Sawan Purnima & Bhadrapada Start: Important Timings

Marked for August 30, Sawan Purnima begins at 10:59 AM and concludes at 07:05 AM on August 31. Following this, the first day of the Bhadrapada month unfolds. Notably, the initiation of the full moon date on August 30 aligns with the start of the Bhadra period, extending until 9:01 PM.