Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari have extended their warm greetings and good wishes to the people of the country on the eve of the Raksha Bandhan celebrations.
"On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend my greetings and good wishes to my fellow citizens in India and abroad," said Pranab on Wednesday.
Commenting on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Ansari said that this "festival 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."
Meanwhile, the vice-President called upon the people to follow the ideals associated with this festival to promote the spirit of amity, harmony and goodwill in their lives.
"I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the citizens of our country on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan," He added. "Let us follow the ideals associated with this festival to promote the spirit of amity, harmony and goodwill in our lives."
Raksha Bandhan is the celebrated every year, in a bid to recognize 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," read the message by President's Office.