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Celebrating the Bond of Sibling Love: Bhai Dooj


India  •  9 Nov, 2023  •  39,486 Views  •  ⭐ 2.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions, and among its many festivals, Bhai Dooj holds a special place. Also known as Bhai Tika, Bhau-Beej, or Yam Dwitiya, Bhai Dooj is a Hindu festival celebrated to honour the unique and sacred bond between brothers and sisters. This joyous occasion is observed on the fifth day of Diwali, marking the end of the Diwali festival. In this blog, we will delve into the significance, rituals, and spirit of Bhai Dooj.

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Bhai Dooj 2023: Date and Significance

Bhai Dooj 2023: Know the Date, Time, and Rituals of the Day

Bhai Dooj, a cherished Hindu festival, holds a special place in the hearts of brothers and sisters across India. Also known by various names such as 'Bhai Phonta,' 'Bhai Tika,' 'Bhau Beej,' and 'Yamadvitiya,' this festival is celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar. It is an integral part of the Diwali festivities and is eagerly anticipated. In 2023, Bhai Dooj is set to be celebrated on the 15th of November, which falls on a Wednesday.

A Bond of Protection and Prayers

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Much like Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj is a celebration of the strong bond between siblings. It symbolizes a brother's commitment to safeguard his sister from harm, while the sister prays for her brother's well-being. The festival's essence lies in its recognition of the deep and unbreakable bond between siblings, particularly the brother-sister relationship. It is believed that on this day, sisters pray for their brothers' well-being, prosperity, and long life, while brothers offer gifts and blessings to their sisters as a token of their love and affection.

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Rituals and Traditions: Tilak Ceremony

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The core ritual of Bhai Dooj involves sisters applying a tilak (vermilion mark) on their brothers' foreheads, which symbolizes their love and protection. In some regions, sisters also perform aarti (a religious ritual with a lamp) for their brothers, seeking blessings from the deities for their well-being.

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