Bhai Dooj, also known as Bhai Tika, Bhaubeej, Bhai Phonta, or Bhratri Dwitiya, is a festival that holds immense importance in Hindu culture. It is a celebration that honors the unique relationship between siblings. This year, the festivities for Bhai Dooj will take place on Tuesday, November 14, and Wednesday, November 15, adding to the grandeur of the Diwali celebrations.
What is Bhai Dooj and When is it Celebrated?
Bhai Dooj is observed on the second lunar day of the eighth month in the Hindu calendars, Shalivahana Shaka or Vikram Samvat, during Kartika's Shukla Paksha, or brilliant fortnight. It is a significant festival that marks the end of the five-day Diwali celebrations. On this day, sisters pray for the well-being, health, and happiness of their brothers.
How is Bhai Dooj Celebrated?
The celebration of Bhai Dooj involves various rituals and customs. Sisters perform aarti (a Hindu ritual of worship) for their brothers and apply a tikka, a mark made with vermilion or sandalwood paste, on their foreheads. This tikka symbolizes the sister's prayers for her brother's long and prosperous life. Sisters also offer sweets and gifts to their brothers as a token of their love and affection.
Brothers, in return, bless their sisters and present them with gifts as a gesture of their love and appreciation. This exchange of gifts strengthens the bond between siblings and serves as a reminder of the unconditional love and support they have for each other.
The Significance of Bhai Dooj
Bhai Dooj holds great cultural and emotional significance. It celebrates the unique relationship between brothers and sisters, emphasizing the importance of love, care, and respect within the family. The festival strengthens the bond between siblings and serves as a reminder of the lifelong support they provide to each other.
Furthermore, Bhai Dooj promotes the values of harmony and unity within the family. It brings family members together, allowing them to spend quality time with each other and create lasting memories. The festival also serves as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage and traditions that have been passed down through generations.
Bhai Dooj is a festival that celebrates the beautiful bond between siblings. It is a time to express love, gratitude, and appreciation for one another. The rituals and customs associated with Bhai Dooj hold deep cultural and emotional significance, reminding us of the importance of family and the support we receive from our siblings. So, let us come together and celebrate this auspicious occasion, cherishing the love and bond we share with our brothers and sisters.