The nation ushers one of the biggest days in its history, as India celebrates the completion of 72 years of Independence on Thursday. But that’s not all, in a double celebration, Raksha Bandhan, an occasion to mark the bond between brothers and sisters, is also being celebrated on the same day. The biggest leaders of the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, among others conveyed their heartfelt wishes for Raksha Bandhan.
PM wrote on Twitter, “Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan,” also writing his message in Hindi.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh too expressed his heartiest greetings, “Greetings and my warm wishes to everyone on the auspicious occasion of ‘Raksha Bandhan’.”
Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh respectively, Mamata Banerjee and Pema Khandu were among the others who also wished their followers on the event.
CM Banerjee, while also wishing her followers for Sanskriti Dibas, tweeted, “Heartiest greetings to all my brothers and sisters on the occasion of Rakhi Bandhan. Today is also Sanskriti Dibas. Let us unitedly celebrate these occasions.” She also shared her message in Bengali.
CM Kandu termed Raksha Bandhan as a symbol of the love of brother and sister, while conveying his best wishes in Hindi.
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties a ‘rakhi’ or a thread to her brother’s right wrist and performs the ‘puja’ for him, which involves moving the ‘puja thali’ over his face, applying the 'tilak’ on his forehead and feeding him a sweet. The brother then presents a gift to his sister, a ritual symbolising the bond between a brother and sister and the brother’s promise that he will always protect his sister.