Diwali, the glistering festival of lights, is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus. Each of five days of Diwali is celebrated differently with different rituals, rites, and activities. Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Main Diwali (Badi Diwali - Laxmi Pooja), Govardhan Pooja, and Bhai Dooj. Also called Bhau Beej, the festival of Bhai Dooj is a festival dedicated for siblings just like Raksha Bandhan that celebrates the chaste bond and unconditional love between brothers and sisters.
On the festival of Bhai Dooj, the last day of five-day festival of Diwali, a sister prays for her brother’s prosperity, health, good luck, and longevity. This festival is celebrated all over India with great zeal and enthusiasm by Hindus.
Other Names of Bhai Dooj
Legends of Bhai Dooj
According to Hindu mythology Bhai Dooj is started celebrating when the god of death Yama visited his sister’s Yamuna house on this day. His sister welcomed him by Aarti and Tilak and then offered him sweets to eat. Yama also give gift to his sister in return of her love and respect. Being so happy on this day Yama has declared that brothers who will go to their sisters’ place on this day and will offer Tilak and Aarti by his sister would never be frightened and will be blessed with prosperity and good luck. Since that day Bhai Dooj is being celebrated till the date and the day is also known as Yama Dwithiya.
One more mythology is related with Lord Krishna and his sister Subhadra, after killing Narakasura Krishna returned to his sister where she welcomed him with Tilak and Aarti.
Traditions of Bhai Dooj
In many parts of India it is celebrated with different rituals like in some state sisters curses their brothers and then prick their tongues as a punishment and apologize to their brothers for cursing them and the brother forgives and blesses her. Sister on this pray to Govardhan god for her brothers wellness and wellbeing and then she makes a Raksha sutra by herself with cotton using the turmeric paste and then ties that on his hands.
In other states also like in West Bengal sisters keep fast from morning until the rituals are complete and prepares the Tilak Thali with Roli, chandan, ghee and then smears the Tilak on her brother’s forehead to protect him and keep him away from problems and hurdles of life.
It is just like sacred festival of Raksha Bandhan that remarks the special bonding shared between brother and sister. But in today’s date due to work obligations brothers and sisters are unable to meet each other but they keep in touch and reminds each other on this special festive day by sending Bhai Dooj gifts to India online. In fact everyone is now do Online Diwali shopping where they get best collection of Diwali gifts, Diwali essentials, Diwali decorations, Dhanteras gifts, Bhai Dooj gifts and much more.
When Bhai Dooj is celebrated?
Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.
When is Bhai Dooj 2017?
Two days after Diwali is celebrated as Bhai Dooj and this year the festival is falling on Saturday, 21 October, 2017.