New Delhi, Aug 5(ANI): Raksha Bandhan the festival that celebrates the bond between a brother and his sister, is being observed in various parts of the country on today, with great enthusiasm.
Sisters visit their brothers and tie a rakhi on their wrists. In turn, the brothers vow to protect their sisters.
President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the occasion.
In her message, Patil said, this unique festival strengthens fraternal feelings and the spirit of oneness in Indian society.
The festival plays an important role in spreading messages of harmony in society, said Vice - Presidenat Hamid Ansari in his message.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the festival reinforces the sanctity of traditional familial ties and provides an opportunity for bridging differences.
The governments of Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana have allowed women to travel free on stateowned buses within state limits. (ANI)