Raksha Bandhan was celebrated on Monday, August 03 across India bonding relationship among brothers and sisters amid coronavirus lockdown. It is for the first time that the annual event was celebrated with India made Rakhis following banning Rakhis made in PRC. On the occasion as in previous years, sisters tied colourful Rakhis around the wrists of their brothers and prayed for their prosperity, health and well-being. In return, brothers pledged to protect and support their sisters and presented them gifts made by Indian companies and Self-Help Groups. Shopkeepers and people have totally rejected Chinese Rakhis this year following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call to be vocal for local products under Atmanirbhar Bharat doctrine.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and PM Modi greeted the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. In his message, Kovind said, Rakhi is the sacred thread of love, affection and trust that sisters tie on the wrists of their brothers. He said this is a unique festival that strengthens the will to protect the interests of women and work for their well-being. He asked everyone to take a pledge to stand for the honour and dignity of women so that they can contribute their best to the nation and society. In his message, VP Venkaiah Naidu said, across India and worldwide, the sacred bonds between brothers and sisters are honoured on Raksha Bandhan day and this festival reaffirms the strong ties of love and affection that bind brothers and sisters together. He added that on this auspicious occasion, let us also resolve to uphold the dignity and respect traditionally accorded to women in the society and empower them to reach their true potential. VP Naidu expressed hope that this festival would bring peace, harmony and prosperity in the country. PM Modi wished people on the occasion. In a massive show of love, solidarity, brotherhood and national bonding, sisters from North-East tied Rakhi on Jawans from armed forces and paramilitary personnel deployed in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Self-help Groups from the eight North-Eastern states also sent Rakhis, tri-coloured bands and facemasks to Jawans posted in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh bringing together the eternal emotional bond between the various cultures, States and people of the country. A symbolic Rakhi ceremony was also held in Delhi yesterday on Sunday where sisters from North-East states tied Rakhis to DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh. In Madhya Pradesh, a special type of Rakhi has been prepared following the Prime Minister’s Vocal for Local appeal. Eco-friendly Rakhis have been made from cow dung along with silk, paper and seeds of the plants. In Madhya Pradesh, a special type of Rakhi has been prepared following the Prime Minister’s Vocal for Local appeal. Eco-friendly Rakhis have been made from cow dung along with silk, paper and seeds of the plants.