Lens view : Rakshabandhan Shopping rush at Alambag, Lucknow

On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the rakhi, around the wrists of their brothers, symbolically protecting them, receiving a gift in return, and brothers vow to share the responsibility and potential care for sisters.

Lens view : Rakshabandhan Shopping rush at Alambag, Lucknow
Residents purchasing verities of Rakhis at Alambag market on the penultimate day of Rakshabandhan in Lucknow on Friday. Photograph : Rajeev Bhatt

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the purity and sanctity of the bond that exists between siblings. Raksha means safety and Bandhan means bond. This festival is celebrated between siblings for their undying support and a vow of protection of each other under any dire circumstance.

A woman selecting a Rakhi in a shop at Alambag market 

Women and girls wear new clothes on this occasion and visit their brothers or vice versa to tie Rakhi and offer sweets, In every Hindu family since early age parents teaches children how to observe it.