October 21, 2017 12:00 am
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Bhai Dooj also known as Bhau Beej or Bhai Beej is also one of the famous Hindu festivals. After the dazzling festival of lights and all the high-voltage celebration of Diwali, the last day of the Diwali celebrations is ‘Bhai Dooj’ which signifies the brother-sister love all over in India.
When Is It Celebrated?
Bhaiya Dooj falls on the new moon night after Diwali. ‘Bhai’ means brother and ‘Dooj’ stands for the second day after the new moon which is a day of celebration.
How It Is Celebrated?
The celebration of this festival is quite similar to Raksha Bandhan. Sisters pray for their brothers to have long, wealthy and happy lives by putting “Tilak” on his forehead and perform “Aarti” by showing him holy flame; In return, brothers promise to take care of her sister for whole life. Brothers and sisters also exchange gifts with each other for all their love and care.
Different people have different stories behind the celebration of Bhai Dooj. Some people believes that on this day, Yamaraj, the Lord of Death and the Custodian of Hell, went to his sister Yami, who puts the auspicious mark on his forehead and prays for his well-being. While others believe that after slaying the demon, Narakasura, Lord Krishna went to see his sister Subhadra. She welcomed him with flowers and aarti and put a teeka on his forehead, which gave birth to the festival with sisters praying for the long life of their brothers.
Like all other Hindu festivals, Bhai Dooj is also celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness. It serves as a good time to spend with family, especially for a married girl, to get together with her family, and share the post-Diwali glee.
Sisters who are unable to meet their brothers send their tika in an envelope by post. These Virtual tilaks and Bhai Dooj e-cards have made it easier for brothers and sisters, who’re far away from each other. Bhai Dooj is celebration differs from one part of the country to another; in some states, sisters observe fast through the morning before putting a “Tilak” on the brother’s forehead and perform all rituals after that she eat food. But no matter how Bhai Dooj is celebrated, it’s the bond of love and togetherness which makes this an important festival.