New Delhi: The sacred bond of love and care
between a brother and a sister was witnessed today as the
nation celebrated Rakshabandhan with traditional fervour and
Feasting, merry making and exchange of gifts were the
highlights of the day as sisters, dressed in their fineries,
applied vermillion on their brothers` foreheads and tied
colourful silken threads or rakhis on their wrists praying for
their happiness and prosperity.
The brother, in turn, vowed to protect her against all
the evils of the world and help her in all the problems.
The occasion was also a moment for family gatherings as
people decided to take a break from their busy lives with
several private sector companies declaring a holiday.
Sweet shops were seen overcrowded across the country
with customers waiting for their turn to buy the eatables.
President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh celebrated the festival with groups of children at the
While Patil met the children at the Rashtrapati Bhavan,
Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur invited schoolchildren to
their official residence. The children tied colourful rakhis
on their wrists.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari extended warm greetings and
good wishes on the occasion. "The festival reinforce our
cultural heritage and underscore the eternal values enshrined
in our ancient scriptures," he said in his message.