The Prime Minister took to Twitter and said,
रक्षाबंधन के पावन पर्व पर देशवासियों को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। Greetings on Raksha Bandhan.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2017
In a series of tweets as well, the President highlighted how Raksha Bandhan celebrates the sacred bond of commitment between sisters and brothers.
"May Raksha Bandhan, symbolising the virtues of love, affection & mutual trust, bring happiness & prosperity to all," President Kovind said.
May Raksha Bandhan, symbolising the virtues of love, affection & mutual trust, bring happiness & prosperity to all #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2017
The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal. Raksha Bandhan means "bond of protection".
On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness. This symbolizes the sister's love. The brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her.