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Raksha Bandhan – the festival of brothers & sisters being celebrated today

Raksha Bandhan, the festival of brothers and sisters is being celebrated across the country today. It is observed on the last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana.

On this day sisters tie a colorful rakhi, a form of woven bracelet, around the wrist of their brothers as a form of bond and pray for their long life. In return brothers pledge to protect and support them and present them a gift.

President Ram Nath Kovind has extended his warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens in India and abroad Rakshabandhan. President said that Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the unique relationship between brothers and sisters.

Tying of a Rakhi symbolizes love, affection and mutual trust between sisters and brothers. May the spirit of this festival strengthen fraternal feelings, and inspire us to live in a society defined by universal respect for the security and dignity of women, especially of girl children”