Since ages, we have been celebrating the relationship of a brother and sister in the form of this festival. However, if we peep in our cultural history, this festival was not celebrated in the form it is celebrated presently. Previously, it was known as ‘Vish-Todak parva’ which translates to – a festival that breaks poison (or vices). Referring to the vices in our consciousness, this festival used to mark the event of giving away or renouncing some of our vices and taking a pledge of not indulging in them ever after. On this day brahmins used to visit every household during this full moon day of Sawana month of Hindu calendar. Because brahmins were considered pure, they used to ask every member of that house, be it male or female, young or adult, to take a pledge or vow of purity of thoughts, words and actions by giving up of any negativity that they want to renounce. Once they took that pledge, they were tied a sacred thread. The brahmins even tied this sacred thread on windows and doors with the feeling that what ever enters the house should also be pure and positive.
Why was tying a thread chosen as a ritual for this day? This thread was tied on the right wrist of people. Right wrist signifies righteousness. Moreover, whenever we do some action, it is mostly our right hand that is been used (except for some who be left- handed or ambidextrous). So, the thread tied on the right wrist was symbolic of a reminder before we actually perform some act- that while tying this thread we had renounced our vice(s). So, now that we are about to perform some act, it should be devoid of vice(s)….Read Further