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Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrated by Hindus around the world. Interestingly, the celebrations of this day are similar to that of Raksha Bandhan.

Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrated by Hindus around the world. Interestingly, the celebrations of this day are similar to that of Raksha Bandhan.

On this day, the bond between the siblings is celebrated. Sisters pray for their brothers' long lives by performing Tikka ceremony and brothers give gifts to their sisters in return.


It is said that Yamraj's sister Yamuna tried to get her brother to visit her on many occasions, but Yamraj was unable to do so for a long time. But, when Yamraj finally met his sister, she organised a grand ceremony for him, offered sweets to him and put tikka on his forehead.

This impressed Yamraj, so he gave Yamuna, his sister, a boon and she in turn asked him to dedicate a day on which he would visit her home each year. Therefore, it is believed that from this day, festival of Bhai Dooj came into existence.

In fact, it is believed that sisters who feed their brothers on this auspicious day, would be blessed to be married happily forever. And, brothers who eat at there sister's home are bestowed with long and prosperous life.

Bhai Dooj is known by different names in different parts of India. Awadhis in Uttar Pradesh and Maithils in Bihar celebrate this festival as Bhardutiya. In Nepal, Khas people celebrate Bhai Tika, and in Odisha, Bhai Jiuntia is celebrated. Interestingly, in West Bengal, people celebrate Bhai Phonta a day after Kali Puja.

Though, Bhai Dooj is known by different names in different parts of the country, but the significance of the festival remains unchanged!


Keywords: Hindu Festival, Bhai Dooj, brother-sister relationship, Hinduism.


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