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Special postal envelopes launched for Raksha Bandhan
The postal department has launched special envelopes for delivery of rakhis on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, which falls on August 21. With the age-old tradition of sisters sending rakhis across to their beloved brothers living in some other towns and cities, the postal department has gone a step ahead this time and have made the occasion a special one with designed envelope, to suite the occasion.

It is not only the designs, which are its special feature but also the water proof feature, which makes it a special one. The envelops have been made with water resistant tough paper.  These envelopes are available in size measuring 11 cm x 22 cm, priced at Rs 7, excluding postage charges.

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Even during the current age of Internet, rakhis continue to be sent in envelops symbolic of sisters' affection for their brothers. More so in India, where emotions runs high between brothers and sisters. The designer envelopes has been made available since August 9. Also, for the rakhis up to 50 grams, the stamp charges will be Rs. 5 and from 60 to 100 grams, the stamp charges will be Rs 8 this time around.

The upper left-hand side of these weather-proof light-weight envelopes carries the India Post logo and the word 'rakhi' to aid faster sorting and efficient delivery.

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival observed mainly in India, Mauritius and Nepal, which celebrates the treasured relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters. The festival is observed by Hindus and Jains. The festival falls on the full moon day of the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar.

The ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi by a sister on her brothers' wrists to symbolize mutual affection and prayers for well-being and the brothers' lifelong vow to protect his sisters.

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