Attari, Aug 7 (IANS) Women and girls from across Punjab converged at the Attari check post along the international border between India and Pakistan on Monday to tie ‘rakhis’ on BSF personnel.
Marking the Raksha Bandhan festival, dressed in traditional and colourful attires, the women and children tied ‘rakhis’ to the Border Security Force officers and troopers.
“We have come here to tie rakhis on the hands of our brave soldiers as they are guarding our borders and are away from their families,” a 12-year-old girl said.
Some women said they have been doing this for over a decade. The Attari border is 30 km from Amritsar.
The festival of the brother-sister bond was celebrated with enthusiasm across Punjab and Haryana.
In Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party government has announced 36-hour free travel on state roadways buses for women, along with one child to mark the festival.