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The Story Of Bhai Dooj

For Hindus, the story behind each festival play a very important role in the formation of their culture and have a very deep significance and values. Most of the Indian festivals are attached to specific characters and personalities that helps the masses to understand and know the true significance of the festival. Just like all important Indian Festivals, Bhai dooj also has a story to follow that have carved a niche with its unique presence and strength.
Through generations, the story of Bhai Dooj has been passed from generation to generation either by word of mouth or through carefully stored scriptures. The narration of the story marks the end of the Bhai dooj puja. Once the various rituals of Bhai dooj such as the sister applying the teeka on the forehead of the brother, giving him the eatables and in return receiving the gifts are over, the women and children sit around, to hear the story behind Bhai Dooj from the elders of the family.
The story goes that once there was a family living in a village that had only a sister and a brother. The sister was very elder to her brother, thus when she got married, the brother was at a very tender age. The boy did not remembered any thing about his sister's marriage. After the marriage, the sister never returned to her mother's home. As the brother grew up, the image of her sister started fading with each passing years. He terribly missed his sister, especially on the Bhai Dooj day, as he used to see his friends with teeka on their forehead and plates full of sweets.
On one particular Bhai dooj, when the boy had turned up into a handsome young boy, he inquired his mother about the reason as to why his sister never visited her original home after her marriage. The mother replied that she does not come because there is a big forest between this village and the one in which she lives and there is a big river flowing in between. One has to cross the river by boat and then there are wild animals which fill people with so much terror, that many people do not travel through the forest.
Inspite of knowing the immense difficulty he will have to face, the young brother decided to visit his sister on the next Bhai dooj day. The mother reminded him again of the dangers, but he did not listen, and so it was decided that he would go and visit her. When the time came she told him to tell his sister that she should now come over and choose a suitable bride for him.
The boy set off and on his way he faced the rising level of river, which made it impossible for him to cross the road. There was also the danger of snakes. The boy requested the river not to drown him and told the snakes that they can bite him on his return journey, after he meets his only sister. The snake agreed, and the boy proceeded. Now, he came to a mountain, which started through big stones on him, and he again pleaded with it to let him go. The mountain also agreed. When the boy was near his sister's village, a big tiger appeared and decided to eat him up. He also pleaded to the tiger and promised him that the tiger can feed on him on his return journey.
The poor boy knew now that is days were numbered, still, he eagerly went along to meet his only sister. He entered the house, and saw that she was doing the Bhai Dooj puja. The sister on seeing him after such a long time, welcomed her brother with a smile and embraced him. She at once brought lovely fruits and sweet meats to eat. She set about preparing kheer, puri, kachori, and lots of other tasty items. When her husband came after work, both of them provided a very enjoyable and memorable time to the young lad, so that he was full of joy.
Days passed, and it was time for the brother to take leave of his sister and brother-in-law. Before returning back, the brother narrated the whole incident to his sister and told her that his days were numbered and that he is soon going to die. The sister was shocked, but she decided to accompany him for the return journey. She secretly packed some meat for the tiger, some milk for the snake, flowers of silver and gold for the mountain and some roli and rice for the river.
Soon they were on their way and, of course, the tiger came first to eat up the brother. The sister gave him the meat and he went his way. Then came the mountain, which wanted to fall on her brother. She quickly performed puja with the gold and silver flowers and the mountain was very pleased with the offerings and stopped falling. Then it was the turn of the snake, and it was given the milk, and went away satisfied. They now reached the river and as was expected, it started to rise, but the sister subdued it by doing puja with roli and rice, and the river went down.
Both, brother and sister were very happy to escape the dangers of the forest and were anxious to reach home. The sister was now tired and thirsty. Soon she saw some gypsies working far away. She wanted to ask them for water, so the brother sat down under a tree-happy to be alive-and she went to the gypsies and got some water. Their the gypsies predicted that the danger was not over and her brother will die very soon. She asked them to tell her some way by which this calamity could be averted. One old woman came to her rescue and suggested that until her brother gets married, she should go on cursing him, right from now on and continuous to curse him all through the wedding and also insists on getting all rituals done to her first, only then this boy can be saved.
As soon as she reached near her brother, she started to curse him and to abuse him. The poor fellow was taken by surprise, but she continued calling him bad names. This thing continued even when they reached home. The mother, along with the villagers were very surprised at the nasty behavior of the sister, but no said anything as she was married and had came to her mother's place after a long time.
Soon, the brother's marriage was fixed to a beautiful girl. Still the sister went on cursing on any pretext. Everyone wanted the wedding to be over as soon as possible and the sister to be sent back to her village. On the wedding day, she insisted that all rituals be performed on her before her brother. The sister insisted that they tie the sehra on her forehead first. She found a small snake in the sehra instead of a string. She pulled out the snake. Next, the sister insisted that the barat (marriage procession) should go from the back door and not from the front door and no decorations be made. When the barat was to start, somehow the sister had fallen asleep. Ignoring her words, the barat started from beautiful front porch. But, no longer had everyone gather, the whole porch fell down, and narrowly missed the groom.
Now the time for the pheras (going round the fire) arrived and the sister had again gone to sleep. As soon as the first round of the pheras was done, the boy fell down in a dead faint, because of the evil spirits who had come to take him away. The sister woke up on hearing the noise and came cursing in to the courtyard. Hearing the abuses and seeing her blazing eyes, the evil spirits fled. It was now time for the boy and the girl to give kheer to each other. They let the sister have the first morsel from which she took out a hedgehog's spiked needle and quickly put it in her tiny bag as well.
The wedding was finally over and every one including the mother and brother were keen to see the sister leave. Before leaving for her husbands place, the sister narrated the prediction of the gypsies and gave the reason for her bad behavior. Everyone had tears in their eyes and they hugged her feet, and all present said with one voice: 'Let everyone have a sister like this, who is willing to be talked ill of, and will go about looking wild and angry even during a wedding, although it was to be the only wedding in the family - all this just to save her brother and family from disaster.
Thus, the custom is prevalent that a brother does not go to his sisters house for the teeka; instead the sisters bring or send the teeka to the brother, as danger may lurk on the way.
Nowhere is the bond of brotherly-sisterly love glorified with such grandeur as in India. Hindus celebrate this special relationship twice every year, with the festivals of Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj.
History of bhai dooj festival

What, When and How

After the high voltage celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights and firecrackers, sisters all over India get ready for 'Bhai Dooj' - when sisters ceremonize their love by putting an auspicious tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and perform an aarti of him by showing him the light of the holy flame as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. Sisters are lavished with gifts, goodies, and blessings .
Bhai Dooj comes every year on the fifth and last day of Diwali, which falls on a new moon night. The name 'Dooj' means the second day after the new moon, the day of the festival, and 'Bhai' means brother.

Myths and Legends

Bhai Dooj is also called 'Yama Dwiteeya' as it's believed that on this day, Yamaraj, the Lord of Death and the Custodian of Hell, visits his sister Yami, who puts the auspicious mark on his forehead and prays for his well-being. So it's held that anyone who receives a tilak from his sister on this day would never be hurled into hell.
According to one legend, on this day, Lord Krishna, after slaying the Narakasura demon, goes to his sister Subhadra who welcomes him with the holy lamp, flowers, and sweets and puts the holy protective spot on her brother's forehead.
Yet another story behind the origin of Bhai Dooj says that when Mahavir, the founder of Jainism, attained nirvana, his brother King Nandivardhan was distressed because he missed him and was comforted by his sister Sudarshana. Since then, women have been revered during Bhai Dooj.

Bhai Phota

In Bengal, this event is called 'Bhai Phota', which is performed by the sister who religiously fasts until she applies a 'phota or phonta' or mark with sandalwood paste on her brother's forehead, offers him sweets and gifts and prays for his long and healthy life.
Every brother eagerly awaits this occasion that reinforces the bond between brothers and sisters and their affectionate relationship. It's an opportunity for a good feast at the sister's place, coupled with an enthusiastic exchange of gifts, and merriment amid the resounding of conch shells in every Bengali household.

Underlying Significance

Like all other Hindu festivals, Bhai Dooj has got a lot to do with family ties and social attachments. It serves as a good time, especially for a married girl, to get together with her own family, and share the post-Diwali glee.
Nowadays, sisters who are unable to meet their brothers send their tika - the spot of protection - in an envelope by post. Virtual tilaks and Bhai Dooj e-cards have made it even easier for brothers and sisters, who are far away from each other, especially remember their siblings on this propitious occasion.





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festival bhai dooj sister and brother celebration
festival bhai dooj sister and brother celebration

Nowhere is the bond of brotherly-sisterly love glorified with such grandeur as in India. Hindus celebrate this special relationship twice every year, with the festivals of Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj.

What, When and How

After the high voltage celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights and firecrackers, sisters all over India get ready for 'Bhai Dooj' - when sisters ceremonize their love by putting an auspicious tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and perform an aarti of him by showing him the light of the holy flame as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. Sisters are lavished with gifts, goodies, and blessings from their brothers.
Bhai Dooj comes every year on the fifth and last day of Diwali, which falls on a new moon night. The name 'Dooj' means the second day after the new moon, the day of the festival, and 'Bhai' means brother.

Myths and Legends

Bhai Dooj is also called 'Yama Dwiteeya' as it's believed that on this day, Yamaraj, the Lord of Death and the Custodian of Hell, visits his sister Yami, who puts the auspicious mark on his forehead and prays for his well-being. So it's held that anyone who receives a tilak from his sister on this day would never be hurled into hell.
According to one legend, on this day, Lord Krishna, after slaying the Narakasura demon, goes to his sister Subhadra who welcomes him with the holy lamp, flowers, and sweets and puts the holy protective spot on her brother's forehead.
Yet another story behind the origin of Bhai Dooj says that when Mahavir, the founder of Jainism, attained nirvana, his brother King Nandivardhan was distressed because he missed him and was comforted by his sister Sudarshana. Since then, women have been revered during Bhai Dooj.

Bhai Phota

In Bengal, this event is called 'Bhai Phota', which is performed by the sister who religiously fasts until she applies a 'phota or phonta' or mark with sandalwood paste on her brother's forehead, offers him sweets and gifts and prays for his long and healthy life.
Every brother eagerly awaits this occasion that reinforces the bond between brothers and sisters and their affectionate relationship. It's an opportunity for a good feast at the sister's place, coupled with an enthusiastic exchange of gifts, and merriment amid the resounding of conch shells in every Bengali household.

Underlying Significance

Like all other Hindu festivals, Bhai Dooj has got a lot to do with family ties and social attachments. It serves as a good time, especially for a married girl, to get together with her own family, and share the post-Diwali glee.
Nowadays, sisters who are unable to meet their brothers send their tika - the spot of protection - in an envelope by post. Virtual tilaks and Bhai Dooj e-cards have made it even easier for brothers and sisters, who are far away from each other, especially remember their siblings on this propitious occasion.
Bhai Dooj is a Hindu celebration of brotherly-sisterly love.
There are two celebrations of this special sibling relationship every year. The other is called Raksha Bandhan.
The word 'Dooj' means the second day after the new moon, while Bhai means brother.
Legend says that, on this day, the Lord of Death Yamaraj visited his sister Yami, who put the auspicious tika (a religious red mark) on her brother's forehead.
The 'tika' can also be known as a 'tilak' or 'tilaka'.
Hindus believe that any boy who receives a tika from his sister on this day will never be sent to hell.
According to another story, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra on this day, after slaying the Narakasura demon.
She is said to have welcomed him with the holy lamp, flowers, and sweets and put the same protective spot on her brother's forehead.
Women are revered during Bhai Dooj.
Sisters put a red mark on their brother's forehead to ensure they are never sent to hell, and receive presents in return

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When is Bhai Dooj?

Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the fifth and last day of Diwali.
This year, it is taking place TODAY – Saturday, October 21.

How is Bhai Dooj celebrated?

On Bhai Dooj, girls are supposed to show their love by putting an auspicious tika or vermilion mark on their brother's forehead.
They should also perform the ritual of 'aarti' by lighting a holy flame - as a mark of love and protection from evil forces.
In return, sisters are lavished with presents and blessings from their brothers.

Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj, Indian Festival Celebrating Brother-Sister

Bhai Dooj is the ultimate celebration of bond between brothers and sisters. While quite similar to Raksha Bandhan  it has its own way of celebration and is more traditional and spiritually more devoted
Rangoli for Bhai Dooj For every brother and sister, the day of Bhai Dooj festival celebration comes as a day of opportunity to celebrate their bond of love and care as well as strengthen it by following the auspicious rituals.

Bhai Dooj, History And Significance

Bhai Dooj Tika
Bhai Dooj is known by various names in different parts of the country like Bhau Beej, Bhai Teeka or Bhai Phota.
Mythology is divided on the origins of Bhai Dooj. According to some, Yamraj, the God of Death, visited his sister on this day. His sister, Yami who is also known as Yamuna, welcomed him with an aarti, and after applying tilak on his forehead, offered him sweets. In return, Yamraj gave her a gift that signified his love and affection towards her.
Moved by his sister’s love, Yamraj declared that any brother who would receive an aarti and tilak from his sister on this day should never be afraid of death.
This led to traditional practice of tilak during war of Hindu kings in ancient to middle ages. A tradition of tilak before going to a significant battle.

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Bhai Dooj – All About Bhaiya Dooj, Brother Sister Festival of Hindu

How to celebrate Bhai Dooj

If the brother is away from the home or if the daughter is married and living in their own home then, sisters request their brothers to come to their home for celebrating this festival with their beloved dishes. Sisters, on this day, pray to God to give blessings to their brothers to be protected from all the problems and bad fortune. All the difficulties will be washed and the way of the walking path will full of happiness and respect. The brothers got the stars from the sky by wishing the best by their sisters. However, brothers follow their responsibilities towards their loving and caring sisters, brought the new saree and even the eating dishes with the new item including the love of mothers.
Sisters make a seat for their brothers by the flour of rice sit on this and receive a ceremony and makes this festival rewindable. They worship the hands of brother by applying the paste of rice and Sindoor on their forehead. Then, sister offers flower of Kaddu, betel leaves, betel nut and coins in the palms of their brother. Sisters chant mantras by pouring water on the palm. The application of Kalawa in the hand, Tilak, and Aarti are performed. Sisters lit a lamp facing the south direction. It is considered that it is very lucky to see the flying kite in the sky to get fulfilled the wishes requested by the God for the longevity of the brother.
This festival also joins the past memory of brother and sister. In the small or in the child age , there is great love between the brother and sister. If the brother is hurt by anything or by anyone, then the sister also fights with them and care the hurts of the brother. Similarly, the sister is also so much cared by the brother in the child age when someone teases his sister. When someone abuses his sister then, the brother fights with them. This also reminds the past love of brother and sister. If there is absent of love, the brother and sister started to curse each other. But these types of activities are shown least. The love of brother and sister is bound also by the festival of Raksha Bandhan.
At some place in India such as the Haryana, Maharashtra where the festival is normal to celebrate, the sister without brother (who has no brother), celebrate the particular occasion by worshipping the Hindu God Moon instead of brother. Sisters apply mehndi on their hands at this day as their custom and tradition.
Sisters who are far away from their brothers, make pray to the God moon, take aarti for the happiness and prosperity in the life of their brothers. Whereas, brothers send return gifts and lots of love to their sisters through the email, post or by other means. This is the main reason why all children make a call to the moon by the name of Chandamama. The moon also increases their lights on the flow of earth. Things to do are primely managed by the brother and sister from their sides. The great respect is done in the sister home.and the festival and the norms start to works. love is full in the home of sister’s heart and in the home after getting the brother from a long time.

Importance of Bhai dhuj more are

Bhaiya Dooj is a most prominent and legendary festival of India when sisters make a pray to God for their dearest brothers to get along living and prosperous life. Sisters perform puja and tika ceremony as well as gets return gifts from brothers. It is also called in India at various places as Bhau Beej (in the Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka), Bhai Tika (in Nepal), Bhathru Dwithiya, Bhau-beej, Bhai Phota (in Bengal), and Ningol Chakuba (in Manipur).
It is the most celebrated festival in India which is enjoyed two days after the main Diwali festival. But this year Bhai Dooj 2016 would be celebrated in India on 1st of November, on Tuesday.
According to the Gregorian calendar, it falls on the 2nd day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartika (between October and November). All the sisters awaken very early in the morning, worship and pray to God and Goddesses for the better future and health of their brothers. After puja ritual celebration takes place including tika ceremony by putting vermillion, dahi, and rice on their forehead. After this ceremony, they do aarti and offer sweet and a glass of water to eat and drink. Finally, they exchange gifts and take blessing by touching the feet of elders pointing tika and mala to each other.
It is also celebrated outside the country all over the world and in different religions with different names in different month and times. It is just like the Raksha Bandhan festival to increase the bond of love among brothers and sisters. At this auspicious day, sisters make prayer to God for the well-being and welfare of their special brothers while brothers offer gifts according to their strength in order to show their love and care for their loving sisters. There are the variety of stories and legends which are related to the origin and celebration of this special occasion that has discussed above.
But it’s also celebrated with following importance:

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1. Sharing and caring:

The coordination of brother and sister can’t be differentiated by the world. The will be helped by their owners only. Hoping the world will paste the cuteness in the wound will be a wrong and bad distraction for yourself. Men in the present forget you in second if you do do his ordering tasks. They only want to use and take more and more works from you. Income should be more than investment, that the people think. So, this time, you get a lot of chance to share your feeling care your sister as much you can. The salary can be expended on the gift of presenting for the sister on the auspicious day of Bhai dhuj. The long time of no seeing also creates the wish to visits and see the face of the sister if your sister is your best. No one will say something if the mistakes were taken and done by you, this festival cleanses all the sins of brother that have done in their life. The sister all fuels the brothers pocket with full of wishes.

2. Cultural and tradition:

As Diwali is the main festival of Hindu, same as it also like the festival for brothers and sisters. It is also celebrated with the wish and also compulsory due to cultural and tradition. On the last day of Diwali people have to share their love with brothers and sisters. It’s also necessary to make and exist the better relationship between brother and sister. if the man exists , cultural also have to exist. The runner of culture is the man who follows the given tasks by the god. Man is bound by the rope of culture and tradition. If the person is kept free without the constitution, then the man will behave like the animal, losing they’re the sense of humor. so there is formed the cultural and tradition constitution that makes man the pure. And this also the needs of man for entertaining and the way of joining the soul with god..man wants to see the god but the god is invisible and present everywhere. The pure heart and the true devotee can only see the god. Due to the boundary of cultural norms and regulation, we have to take part in celebrating the festival, i.e. bhai dhuj or Bhai Tika.

3. Best wishes:

No one is own if there is no conduction of any relation. And nobody wishes you best. Because the people even don’t have time to talk then how can they wish you. It seems that in the society the people are sad due to the happiness of neighbor and from their own problems. People don’t want to see your success while struggling, but they clap on your voice after becoming the success. they are not the man with humanity. These types of person do many things in their life but don’t get anything. So to become great, your strength only determines but makes the value of people, how much you are respected and get good wishes. Relating to these factors we can evaluate this festival and takes it as the great source of wishes by the sister for achieving the brother greatly

4. Unity in the family:

The family is the branches of management of the home. The family is the lights of the home. And the family and the home have peace if there are good relations among all the members. If anyone of the family members is not happier then there starts noise and fight. It is said that the goddess of wealth goddess Lakshmi will not sit in the quarreling home. She seeks peace and loveable home. It also determines the great sense to the family for making quiet. And this festival creates the programs and bridges of combination and continuing the love and peace in the family due to taking part by all the members.

5. Continues the relationship:

The past memory can’t be forgotten even by wanting due to spending a long time togetherly. All the past events will take a place in the mind, that show our past relations and love among each other. So it is also the new bridges to continuing the love and relationship of brother and sister after getting married.
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Bhai Dooj is an important occasion which is celebrated across the whole India with great enthusiasm and spirit. The ceremony starts with the task of inviting brothers for a sumptuous meal of their favourite dishes or sweets. The entire occasion signifies a brother's vow to protect his sister whereas a sister prays to God and give her blessings for the welfare of her brother.

Rituals and traditions regarding Bhaiya Dooj

To celebrate the occasion in a traditional style, sisters make a seat for their brothers by the flour of rice in order to complete the ceremony. A paste of Vermillion, dahi and rice is applied as a religious tika on the forehead of the brother. After this, the sister offers flower of Kaddu, betel leaves, betel nuts and coins in the palms of her brother and slowly chant the mantras by pouring water on the palm. The mantras or the prayer done to the Yama, the Death God says, "O Yamaraj, I am making this offering unto You."
After this, a Kalawa is tied onto the hand and the aarti is performed by the sister subsequently. A lamp facing the south direction is lit and it is considered a good omen to see a flying kite in the sky in order to get your wishes fulfilled. Brothers are also offered their favourite sweets along with the water to enjoy the delicacies. There is also the exchange of Bhai Dooj gifts among brother and sister on the occasion and blessings are taken from the elders.

Gifts and return gifts for the occasion

Every big and small celebration is incomplete without the presence of exciting gift items. As the occasion is a symbol of the strong sibling relationship, brothers and sisters need to look out for exceptional Bhai Dooj gifts from offline or online gifting store. While brothers can shop for special gift hampers, a box of chocolates, soft toys, personalised gifts and other items for their beloved sister on this auspicious occasion. Similarly, sisters can look for Bhai Dooj Pooja Thali, traditional sweets, exotic chocolate pack, personalised mug, cushion, photo frame, table lamp and other gifts to strengthen their sibling bonding to a great extent. This offering of gifts and return gifts by both brother and sister to each other has become an important part of the present day celebration of this special occasion among people.

Celebration of Bhaiya Dooj in various states of India

Below are the certain variations of the celebrations regarding the festival across India and outside.
Bihar- The celebration of the festival in Bihar is quite different and a little absurd. Here, sisters hurl choicest curses and abuses for their brothers and then prick their own tongue as a punishment along with asking forgiveness from them. Brothers in return bless their sisters and pray for their well-being.
West Bengal- The occasion is known as Bhai Phonta and falls on the first or second day of the Kali Puja festival. It includes a number of rituals along with a grand feast organised for the brothers. The festival involves both the brothers and sisters to be above 5 years of age. Sisters observe fast in the morning till the traditional ceremonies are completed. A tilak made of ghee, sandalwood (Chandan) and kohl (kajal) is applied on the brother's forehead to ask for his longevity from God. Among the traditional sweets, Kheer and coconut laddoos are some of the popular dishes for the occasion.
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana and Goa- The Marathi speaking people of Maharashtra and Goa celebrate this sibling festival as Bhav Bij. Sisters draw a square on the floor where the brothers are made to sit after consuming a bitter fruit known as Karith. The festival is a great time for the family reunion, get together and to strengthen the brother-sisterly relationship. The occasion is also celebrated as Bhai Bij or Bhau Bij in Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, and Karnataka.In Gujarat, it is celebrated in the form of Bhai Beej with the application of traditional tilak and performing the special aarti or prayers.
For states like Maharashtra and Haryana where the festival is normally celebrated with great fervour and spirit. Sisters who do not have a brother, offer their worship to the moon God instead. Girls also apply Mehendi on their hands as a special tradition. Bhai Bij gifts are also exchanged among brothers and sisters as a token of love and affection and are considered as part of the celebration. Basundi Poori or Kheerni Poori and Shrikhand Poori are some of the popular dishes of the festival.
Bhai Tika in Nepal- The occasion is celebrated in Nepal and is one of the most important festivals after Dashain (Vijaya Dashami/Dussehra). It is also known as Bhaitihar which means tihar of brothers. The festival is celebrated on the third day of the Tyohar festival. The occasion is celebrated with the special prayer to Yamraj by sisters for the well-being and longevity of their brothers. A seven coloured long Tika is also applied on the forehead of brothers by sisters. The occasion is also widely celebrated by the communities of Newari, Maithali, Tharu, Bahun and Chhetri in Nepal.








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bout Bhai Dooj or Bhai Duj
Bhai Dooj, Bhau-beej or Bhaiya Duj is celebrated by Hindus in Benares very happily in the traditional and cultural way. It is generally based on the relationship of the brother and sister, a great festival in Hinduism. People celebrate the festival of Bhai duj on the last day means 5th day of Diwali (the second day of bright fortnight, Shukla Paksha of the Kartika month).
At this occasion, all the sisters make a pray to the God for their dear brothers to have long, prosperous and successful life. First they perform the Tika ceremony and then, in returns they get a nice and lovely gift from their brothers. This festival is known as a the symbol of love for all the sisters and brothers.

History and Legends of Bhaiya Duj

In the Vedic era, the legend of the Bhai duj is the God Yama (Yamraj), also known as the Lord of death. It is believed that, the God Yama was used to visit his sister Yamuna on this day and she kindly welcomed him by making a tilak on his forehead, which is still celebrated as Bhai duj. God Yama had given his sister a Vardan that anyone who see his sister on this day will be free from all his/her sins and got Moksha. From that day, brothers go to see their sisters on this great day for their well-being. That’s why, Bhai Duj is also famous by the name of Yama-Dwitiya.
Another myth of the Bhai Duj is, Mahavir (founder of the Jainism), who got nirvana at this day and his brother (King Nandivardhan) was very upset as he neglected him and reassured by his sister (Sudarshana). That’s why sisters are revered by their dear brothers at the Bhai Duj festival.
One more myth is, Lord Krishna returned to his home and went to meet his sister Subhadra after killing the demon named, Narakasura. Subhadra welcomed his brother, Lord Krishna, very kindly by making a tilak on his forehead. Hence, this day has became the celebration point of never-ending bond of the love and care between the brothers and sisters.

Customs and Traditions on Bhai Dooj

Sisters wake up early in the morning on this day and decorate their Puja Thali, put a vermilion paste as a sacred tika on the brother’s forehead, do arti, then they make pray to the God for the long and successful life of their cherished brothers. In turn, they get nice gift and lot of promises from their brothers to get protected whole life from the bad forces. On this occasion, special gifts are available in the market at very affordable prices.

Bhaiya Dooj Celebration

The festival of Bhai Duj is especially devoted to the sisters. It is celebrated by sisters by putting a propitious tilak of a vermilion paste on brother’s forehead and doing arti by diya. It is a symbol of love and security by evil forces to the sisters by brothers. Sisters get beautiful gifts and lot of blessings too by their brothers.
Bhai Duj Gifts
Bhai Duj is a festival of brother and sister’s love, sweets, decorations, firecrackers, lights, and barter of the gifts celebrated at the end day of the Diwali festival (a five days long festival, starts from Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Duj). Most common Bhai Duj gifts purchased by the brothers and sisters are puja thali, sweet hamper, gift baskets, jewellery, and many more.
 
Bhai dooj is different in different states of India with a variety of names in different parts of the country. The rituals vary a little due cultural diversity and similar to Rakhsha Bandhan, Bhai dooj strengthens the bond between and sisters. In this post you will get to know some amazing facts about the festival and difference in rituals in various parts of India.
Marathi communities call the festival Bhai Beej. Sister and makes brother sit on square mattress or square shaped platform in it and then they have a bitter fruit named ‘Karith’. After this ritual they apply tilak to their brother and then have traditional sweets like Basundi Puri and Shrikhand Puri are served.
Bhai Dooj in Uttar Pradesh
Sisters give a piece of cloth knotted into circular shape, full of batashas (Sugar balls) to their brothers. This piece of cloth is call ‘aabf’. For each brother there will be two ‘aabf’ and later after this ritual the sisters apply a tika of roli and rice on the forehead of brothers and perform the traditional aarti. Then the sweets are offered following narration of the story behind ‘Bhai Dooj‘.
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Bhai Dooj in Gujarat

In Gujarat they call it ‘Bhai Beej‘ and the rituals follow tilak, traditional sweets and aarti. Sisters pray for their brothers good fortune and in return the brothers bless them and then they exchange gifts.
Bhai Dooj in Bengal
 

In Bengal this festival is called ‘Bhai Phota’ and the sisters maintain fast till the time all the rituals are performed. And then they apply tika made up of sandalwood, ghee and kajal. Then they perform aarti and feed sweets to their brothers. Coconut laddus and kheer are the  traditional sweets prepared.
Bhai Dooj in Bihar
Bihar celebrates ‘Bhai Dooj’ in a unique way. The sisters curse their brothers to keep the evil spirits away by using all the bad words and then they prick their own tongue with a wild prickly fruit as a punishment. They ask their brothers to forgive them for their mistakes till date and then they feed their brothers with few grains of bajri with water.
Bhai Dooj in Punjab
In Punjab the day after Diwali is celebrated as ‘tika’ where the sisters make paste of saffron and rice and apply on their brother’s forehead to keep away all the difficulties and dangers. Later on, they give sweets and exchange gifts.
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Bhai Dooj » Customs and Traditions

Customs and Traditions

Customs and traditions are an inherent part of the rich Indian culture. In India, a lot of festivals occur one after the other, throughout the year. Each and every festival celebrated in India has its own social and cultural importance. Among these, one of the most significant and awaited festival is the Bhai Dooj festival. The festival is named Bhai Dooj as it focuses on the brothers, and celebrated on the second day after the new-moon (Amavasya), or Diwali day. This day is also the third day of the Kartik month, according to the Hindu calendar.
The basic theme behind the origination of the Bhai Dooj festival is believed to be the safety of women. But, there are also several mythological narrations associated with this festival. Two most popular stories are as mentioned below: 
It is believed that once Yamraj (the god of death) visited her sister Yami. His sister became very delighted to see him and applied a tilak on his forehead. At this, Yamraj became so happy that he announced that the person whose sister will apply tilak on his forehead on that day would become free from the fear of death and hell. From that day, the tradition of Bhai Dooj came into existence.
Another mythological tale says that after killing the devil named, Narkasur, lord Krishna went to his sister Subhadra. The day on which lord Krishna visited his sister was the second day after the new-moon day, or the dooj day. Subhadra gave her brother a warm welcome by doing his arti, applying a tilak on his forehead, sprinkling flowers over him, and offering him sweets. From then onwards, it became a tradition and got fame as the Bhai Dooj festival.
On the auspicious and delightful occasion of Bhai Dooj, sisters apply tilak (a holy mark) on their brothers' forehead. They perform artiof their beloved and caring brothers and offer sweets to them, as well. Brothers also take pledge of their sisters' safety and give them some gift or present as a reciprocation. Bhai Dooj is really a great festival, which clearly reflects the customs and traditions of India.
Bhai Dooj  / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta  is a festival celebrated by Hindus of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal, on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika. It is celebrated during the Diwali or Tihar festival.
The celebrations of this day are similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. On this day, brothers get gifts from sisters.However,in Maharashtra, the brother gives gifts to his sisters.
In the southern part of the country, the day is celebrated as Yama Dwitiya.
In Haryana, basically, a special ritual also followed, a dry coconut (named as gola in regional language) with klewa tied along its width for worshipping is also used at the time of doing aarti of your brother.
  • Bhai Dooj (Hindi: भाई दूज) in entire Northern part of India, observed during the Diwali festival. This is also the second day of the Vikrami Samvat New Year, the calendar followed in Northern India (including Kashmir), which starts from the lunar month of Kārtika. It is widely celebrated by Awadhis in Uttar Pradesh, Maithils in Bihar and people from various other ethnic groups. The first day of this New Year is observed as Govardhan Pūja.
  • Bhai Tika (Nepali) in Nepal, where it is the most important festival after Dashain (Vijaya Dashmi / Dussehra). Observed on the fifth day of Tiharfestival, it is widely celebrated by Newari, Tharu, Bahun and Chhetri people.
  • Bhai Phonta (Bengali: ) in Bengal and it takes place every year on the second day after Kali Puja.
  • Bhai Bij, Bhau Beej, or Bhav Bij (Marathi:  amongst the Gujarati, Marathi and Konkani-speaking communities in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.
  • Another name for the day is Yamadwitheya or Yamadvitiya, after a legendary meeting between Yama the god of Death and his sister Yamuna (the famous river) on Dwitheya (the second day after new moon).
  • Other names include Bhatru Dviteeya, or Bhatri Ditya.
According to a popular legend in Hindu mythology, after slaying the evil demon Narakasura, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers. She also affectionately applied tilaka on Krishna's forehead. Some believe this to be the origin of the festival.
On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in Bihar and central India. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister's blessings for her brother.
Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a red tika on the brother's forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai Bij signifies the sister's sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treat them with gifts. In return, brothers bless their sisters and may treat them also with gifts or cash.
As it is customary in Haryana, Maharashtra to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Bhau-beej, women who do not have a brother worship the moon god instead. They apply mehendi on girls as their tradition.
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The sister whose brother lives far away from her and can not go to her house, sends her sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother through the moon god. She performs aarti for the moon. This is the reason why children of Hindu parents affectionately call the moon Chandamama (Chanda means moon and mama means mother's brother).
Bhai Phonta in West Bengal is celebrated with much splendor. The ceremony is marked with many rituals along with a grand feast arranged for the brothers.It is necessary that, both brother and sister are more than 5 years of age.
The festival of Bhai Bij is popular in Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa and is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety. Brothers and sisters look forward to the occasion with immense enthusiasm. To add charm to the occasion, Bhai Bij gifts are exchanged between brothers and sisters as a token of love and appreciation.
Bhav Bij is a time for family reunions as all brothers and sisters in the family get together. Close relatives and friends are also invited to celebrate the Bhav Bij in many families.
Special dishes for the festival include the Maharashtra sweet called basundi poori or kheerni poori. On this occasion sisters give gifts to their brothers.
India is a land of festivals, and customs and traditions are integral part of Indian culture. Every festival is culturally important in its own self. And one such festival happens to be Bhai Dooj. This festival falls on the second day after Diwali and its spirit is to cherish the bond of love and affection that brother and sister share. Bhai Dooj is one of the most awaited festivals that display unique cultural traditions in different regions of India. The festival of Bhai Dooj develops within us the feeling of love and care towards our siblings.

On this day, sisters invite and offer their brothers with scrumptious meal. A special square shaped space is drawn with flowers and beautified with corn powder by sisters. As per the tradition, the brothers have to step in that square area. Before he enters it, brother is made to eat a bitter fruit. There's a legend related to it, which says that Lord Krishna tasted this fruit before he went to slay the demon Narakasura. And after killing the demon, Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who welcomed him heartily by applying tilak on Krishna's forehead. Since then the custom of celebrating Bhai Dooj or Bhaubeej started.

Carrying this occasion in traditional style, sisters decorate puja thalis with sweets, tika, rice, coconut and flowers. Brothers sit in front of their sisters with covered heads, and sisters perform aarti and apply tika on their forehead. She then presents him with sweets and prays to god for his long life and good health. The tradition of gifting is also involved in this festival. The brother reciprocates by showering blessings and gifts on his sisters. Gifts may be in cash or kind, depending upon the understanding of brother-sister. Women who have no brother, worship moon God on this auspicious occasion.

Also, brothers have to visit their sisters on this day and fulfil the custom of 'Bhagini Hastha Bhojanam', which means brothers have to consume the meal prepared by their sisters. This tradition was started by Lord Yama, God of Death. He when visited his sister Yamuna, she welcomed him warmly by adorning his neck with garland, and applying tika on his forehead. She served him a lavish meal. Yama delighted by her gesture declared that whoever receives tika from his sister on his day will bring himself good luck, good health and prosperity.









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Monday, August 20, 2018

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August 20, 2018 0
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Top  Gifts For Bhai Dooj

Bhaidooj is one of the most celebrated festival among the siblings who cherish the great bond of love and togetherness with each other. The festival express the great bond of love and affection in the relationship of a brother and sister. So, if this Bhai Dooj you are planning for some special gifts for your sister, check out the list below:
  1.  Girls’ all time favorite gift is a cute teddy bear that they love to cuddle around while sleeping. If you are planning an adorable gift for your lovely sister then nothing can be as amazing as the teddy bears. From simple white huge teddy bears to a more sophisticated range of colorful teddy bears should be gifted to your sister on Bhai Dooj. It marks the affection and happiness that both of you cherish with the great bond.
  2. Personalized Cake of Bhai Dooj:
     Cakes are the most cherished gifts by the girls of all ages. They not only act as an essential ritual of cake cutting process but coming to the personalized version it can also be seen as an exclusive gift that can be loved by your sister. Even if you are travelling out or your sister is living at a distant part of the country, you can very easily send cakes to Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad etc on Bhai Dooj and can enhance her mood. From a customized cake of brother and sister carrying a ritual to a simple flavored cake can bring a smile on your sister’s face.
  3. Floral Bouquet
    1. What can look pretty than a vibrant bouquet of flowers along with the favorite gift for your sister. Floral gift hampers are the centre of attraction and can make the festival of Bhai Dooj indeed a special one. Roses and orchids are the best floral charms that can make your Bhai Dooj very special. Also if you are a sister and planning to gift your brother than what can be better than a welcoming bouquet to him that can express the blissful bond shared by both of you in harmony.
    2. Chocolate Hampers:
      1.  Another special gift that you can give to your adorable sister on Bhai Dooj is the sweetness of chocolates that can take away all the harshness of relationships. Chocolates are available in various shapes and flavors in the market. It can surely bring a charming smile on your beloved’s sister face. From tasty crackles to fruit n nuts and butterscotch flavored chocolates you can gift a heartful of love and abundance to your most blessed sister.
      2. Personalized Mugs with Card:Customized mugs are another gift that are loved and cherished by sisters on Bhai Dooj. It can be easily available with a photo of you and your sister enjoying the blissful bond of togetherness that can help you enjoy the beautiful memories that you have spent with your brother. A personalized mugs with the card is a simple and elegant gift that your sister can keep with herself for years to come.
     








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