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August 2, 2012

Raksha Bandhan celebrated in North

New Delhi: Raksha Bandhan, the festival of love between brothers and sisters, is being celebrated across the country today with full enthusiasm. The central ceremony involves the tying of a sacred thread, Rakhi by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well being, and the brother's vow to protect her long life. President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the occasion. President Mukherjee in his message said Raksha Bandhan is the celebration of the unique relationship that exists between brothers and sisters. "The tying of a Rakhi by a sister symbolizes love, affection and mutual trust between sisters and brothers. May the spirit of this festival strengthen fraternal feelings in our society, and remind us of the importance of unity and harmony, as we strive collectively for the well-being of our people," he added. In his message, Ansari said the festival promotes harmonious social life by reaffirming our faith in the traditional values of love and protection. He called upon the people to follow the ideals associated with this festival to promote the spirit of amity, harmony and goodwill in our lives. "Rakshabandhan signifies the protective bond between brothers and sisters and the celebration of this festival plays an important role in spreading the message of unity and harmony in our society," he said. In a separate message, Dr. Singh said that Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated to strengthen the bonds of love and affection in our family and society. "We should use this occasion to promote peace, harmony and brotherhood in our country," he added.

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