Sibling Love

Hope you guys are having a great start to the week!☺️

Let's start off with something random about me:
I was born in Australia but my parents are from India, and I feel so blessed to have an Indian heritage and background.

I have an 'Ethnicity Tag' blogpost idea in the works, but it won't be up for a while because I have a perfect, well-timed week that I'm saving it for (Incentive to keep hanging around my blog till end of November? I think so!) :P

But until then, here's a random Indian thing, this past Saturday we celebrated this festival called Rakhi (or Raksha Bhandan, if you want to get technical).

Simply put, it's all about spreading and celebrating the sibling love! Awww haha.
But basically, it's pretty much where the sister ties a decorative thread on the brother's wrist as a symbol of love and protection and they give the sister a gift back, hehe not a bad deal :P

Back when my brother thought I was 'cute'.

This was taken about 3 years ago now :) My brother and I have a seven year age gap.

But yeah, every year my brother and I celebrate, and I also make cards and send rakhis (decorative threads) for all my cousin brothers. So I send mine to India (and the UK and Phillipines, cause our extended family is everywhere!) a month or so before the event. 
My other girl cousins do the same for my brother! :)

I get serious about Rakhi Arts and Crafts :P

Ready to ship off for all my cousin brothers!

About two years ago, all of us cousins created a Whatsapp Family Chat so we constantly keep each other updated with photos and what's been happening, and I adore it.

Most of my cousins on my mum's side are married with cute little kiddies, because mum was the youngest of six siblings! So I always get adorable photos and videos hehe.

Every year on Rakhi, our group chat is flooded with messages to each other and Rakhi selfies. 
Now, I'm proud of this concept, because two years ago my brother and I were being silly and goofing off - and sent a selfie with him showing all the Rakhis on his wrist...and so began, 

The Rakhi Selfie. 
It took off :P

Haha, so now every year on Rakhi everyone sends a family Rakhi selfie. 
What can we say? We're trendsetters :P
Our Rakhi Selfie usually consists of me trying to take a good photo and my brother deliberately ruining it by making the stupidest faces haha...brothers.

This year's blurry, but funny addition.

Here's one more Rakhi Selfie cause this curly haired niece and nephew of mine are so stinkin' cute :)

Tying rakhis.

And just cause the brother did well this year, he got me this beautiful Guess necklace.

It's rose gold, so obviously I love it! Haha.

Hope you guys liked this little bit random post!

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Have a great rest of the week!



  1. What a lovely post! I love posts like this, because I actually learn things about other cultures! Firstly: I love how in touch you are with your indian heritage!
    What a sweet holiday Rhaki is! My brother is currently at the age where he is too cool for me (he's 16 - we only have a 2,5 years gap) but it's so cool to see how you celebrate siblings.
    I love how the sister ties it to the brothers wrist what a beautiful symbolic gesture!
    Siblings are the ultimate partners in crime, because they HAVE to love you no matter how annoying you get and they will (almost) always team up to annoy parents with you haha :D
    You and your brother look so cute!
    In my culture we also refer to cousins as "sisters" and "brothers" and my cousins are much older than me too and most of them have children as well! So I'm being refered to as "sister-aunt" by the little ones, as I am closer to their age than I am to their parents (=my cousins - making me technically "aunt" - which we call everyone who is at parent-age)

    The cards look very cute and your niece and nephew are adorable!

    My family is spread all over the world too! It's so cool that you have a Whatsapp group with everybody in it! That must be a very fun group chat!
    And how cool that you started the "Rhaki selfie" trend!

    That necklace your brother got you is gorgeous! I *obviously* LOVE rose gold everything!

    P.S.: I got a Bloglovin account too but I actually have no idea how it works haha

    1. Haha aww you guys will be so close soon! It took a while for us to be able to relate to each other more because we were always in such different stages because of our age gap, but now we're interested in the same music and movies - it's nice :)

      Oh my gosh that's so similar to Indian culture, we call every adult who is a bit older than us an aunty or an uncle, and all us cousins call each other brothers and sisters as well! In India we have separate names for almost every relation haha, so my cousin brother's kids call me Raashi Bua and my cousin sister's kids call me Raashi Mausi haha, there are a LOT of titles, but I think it's sweet because every relationship is so different.

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Rose, always makes me happy :)

      Ooh yay! I'll follow you, haha I haven't had a proper chance to look at Bloglovin yet but I will soon and figure it all out :P

  2. I'm such a huge fan of your blog Raashi! I learn so much and I always go away feeling educated aha! Today I've loved learning a bit about your culture and I love how close you and your family are - things like that are what I miss having in my own! Again, a brilliant blog and really enjoyable read.

    Ps. That rose gold necklace is beautiful!

    Musings & More

    1. Oh my goodness Emily, I can't even tell you firstly, how much of a compliment that is coming from someone like you, and secondly, just how much this made my night! Thank you so, so much. How beautiful and successful your blog is inspires me, and the fact that you've achieved it in such a short time speaks volumes! :)

  3. Great post! Family is such a treasure.

    xoxoBella |

  4. This is a great tradition! If only I had a brother to give me gifts in exchange for a string bracelet ;) what a lovely post, I really enjoy reading things like this because a) it's so nice celebrating the small joys in life such as siblings and family and b) I really enjoy learning more about different cultures. I doubt I would ever have heard of this had you not posted about it so I'd love to read more! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

    1. Haha it's not a bad deal, hey? :P Aww thanks so much Lucy! I love this festival, just because it's nice to have something to celebrate siblings! I feel very grateful that I have an Indian background :)

  5. Aaaww that's such a nice celebration! I wish we had one where we celebrated the sibling love. I have a sister who is seven years older than me and we get along really well. I can't imagine what it's like to have a big brother, is he overprotective or too cool?

    Great post, as usual!
    Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair

    1. Oh you guys have the same age difference as us! He's definitely very caring and a little protective haha. I think because he really, really wanted a sibling when he was around 5 or 6, by the time I came along he really, really took care of me and I was the little baby! Haha.

  6. love this post Raashi!

    I have an older sister and we are super close (different in personality, but we get a long very well). it's such a special way to remind each other how you love them :)

    thanks for your post :D

    1. Awww thanks so much Cindy! I love that you guys are so different, but it just works - siblings have such special bonds :)




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