Celebrating Raksha Bandhan with your brother/sister can be delightful. Some of the best ways of celebrating are
Handmade Besan Ke Ladoo
Handmade sweets always add a special touch to festivals. If you are an experienced cook, take the opportunity to make your bro’s favourite dish. If you are an inexperienced cook, try one of the simpler recipes like Besan Ladoo, which is also a highly popular sweet.
|What you need|
- 2 cups besan or gram flour
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1/4 tsp powdered elaichi or cardamom
- 1/2 cup ghee
- 1/4 cup almonds and/or cashews, blanched or roasted.
|What to do|
- In a kadai melt the ghee. After keeping aside 2 tablespoons of ghee, add the gram flour. Stir-fry over low heat until it turns aromatic and has a light golden colour.
- Remove from heat and let it cool a little
- Add the powdered sugar and elaichi, mix well
- Check if the flour is binding well, else add a little more ghee.
- Take small portions of the mix and roll into firm balls. Ensure you press hard at every stage so it retains shape.
- Roll the balls some more for the outer surface to turn smooth
- Decorate each ladoo with roasted or blanched dry fruits
Handmade Photo Frame
A photo frame is a creative gift that’ll beautifully capture some of the best memories and reflect the affection between you.
|Easy Photo Frame|
- Cut a piece of cardboard or construction paper into a rectangle.
- Cut a rectangle out of the middle of the cardboard.
- Paint the frame.
- Glue on paper decorations.
- Get creative with your decorations.
- Make the back of the frame.
- Glue this new rectangle to the back of the frame.
- Slide the picture into the frame.
Throw a Siblings Party
How often do all your siblings, cousins and family friends get together? Weddings and family functions or certain festivals are the only times when this happens, and even then many cousins are missing from the gathering. And when you do get together it is such a blast for everyone, so why not do that on a festival that celebrates siblings?
On Rakhi throw a party for all siblings you know. Not just your own but invite your cousins and perhaps even your friends and their siblings. The party can be organised as a fun get-together at your house. Or you can make it into an exciting evening out with drinks and dinner
Gift Rakhis to the poor or feed them
Every Raksha Bandhan, you give each other gifts and have sweets together. And it feels good. Be a great brother-sister pair and do some donations and charity to Raksha Bandhan. Visit an orphanage or an old-age home and celebrate with them. Make them smile with gifts and sweets. Feed the needy! When you do good, you feel so good! A touch of humanity on Rakhi!
Your brother will feel a special joy in flaunting a rakhi made by you. It is not very difficult to make one. All you need is a visit to the crafts store, your creativity and some time! Here is a simple rakhi you can make in no time; follow the steps below.
|What you need|
- Silken or woollen thread in a colour of your choice
- 1 Foam sheet
- Large and small pearls
- Gold ball chain
- Stone chain
- Large kundan stone or 1 craft round mirrors (1 cm or so)
|What to do|
- Cut the foam sheet so that you get 2 circles in the size you want the rakhi medallion to be.
- Take one of the circles and glue the large kundan or mirror circle in the centre.
- Now cut the stone chain and the gold ball chains to the length needed for encircling the central stone fully.
- Glue the chains alternatively around the centre so that it makes for an attractive design. Repeat as necessary
- Now cut the thread for the desired length but make sure the thread has multiple strands (as it needs to be strong).
- Place the decorated foam circle such that it sits at the middle of the thread length and glue.
- Take the other foam sheet circle and glue it atop the thread (the thread should be in the middle of the 2 foam sheet circles).
- Press it firmly so it sticks well. Let dry.
- Now you have the rakhi medallion in the middle with thread on both sides.
- Take one side of the thread, and carefully add the large and small pearls in any chosen pattern
- After you have strung all the pearls tie a knot to seal the end. Repeat on other side
- Your rakhi is ready.
An Audio Video Presentation
Time to get nauseatic by recalling those special moments that you’ve spent together since childhood! A photo presentation with your pictures and some special recordings from your parents, family members, friends etc to make it interesting and a trip down the memory lane that refreshes and brings a smile to your sibling’s face. Also check out best rakhi gifts for girls.
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