Bhai Dooj-Celebrating the bond between brother and sister

Bhai Dooj-Celebrating the bond between brother and sister



Yet another festival in the series of celebrations that mark the festive months of October and November, Bhai Dooj celebrates the beautiful bond between a brother and sister. It is celebrated two days after Diwali. 

Known as Bhau Beej in Maharashtra and Bhai Phota in West Bengal, it is called Yama Dwitiya in southern India.


The Ritual

In Bhai Dooj, sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers and pray to Yamraj or God of Death for the long and healthy life of their brothers. Dry coconut, mustard oil, fresh grass and a sacred thread are other items used to perform the ritual.


Sisters prepare sumptuous delicacies that they eat after feeding their brothers. Brothers reciprocate by giving gifts/cash and promising to protect their sisters for the lifetime.
Bhai Dooj marks the end of Diwali celebrations that last for almost a month.


The History
History has it that on this day Lord Krishna killed a demon Narakasura and then visited his sister Subhadra. Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna by applying tilak on his forehead and performing aarti. In return, Lord Krishna blessed her with many boons.

According to another legend, on this day Lord Yamraj or God of Death visited his sister Yami, also called Yamuna. She welcomed him by applying tilak on his forehead, performing aarti and offering sweets. Yamraj reciprocated by showering her with gifts and pouring blessings of love and affection.
Ever since this festival is celebrated signifying the emotional bond between a brother and sister.

Here is a video of the ceremony of Bhai Dooj. 


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