After the heavily celebrated festival, Diwali comes to this wonderful celebration of the bond between a brother and a sister called Bhai Dooj/ Bhau Beej or Bhai Phonta.
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Which day of diwali celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters?
Bhai Dooj, Bhaubeej, Bhai Tika or Bhai Phonta is a Indian festival celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar or of Shalivahan Shaka calendar month of Kartika. Bhai Dooj celebrates the bond of love between brothers and sisters and is popularly observed as the last and fifth day of the Diwali festival by Hindus.
What do we do in Bhai Dooj 2023?
This festival marks the love and affection of siblings where the sisters put a ‘tilak’ or a vermillion mark on their brother’s forehead and perform aarti with the lit thali which is a mark of love and protection from all the evil forces.
In the 21st-century modern world, growing up with a brother essentially means you end up hating him 50% of your life but he is an inseparable part of your life and you would never want it any other way. A brother-sister relationship is quite a unique relationship because they may be willing to sacrifice their lives for each other but would never share their food! That’s how strange it is.
However, no matter, in the end, it’s always the love and respect for each other that comes along the way, with a bit of annoyance and fun which is why this Bhai Dooj, rekindles the same joy this year on Wednesday, 15th November 2023.
On this day, sisters shower their brothers with generous blessings and gifts and their brothers swear to protect them from harm.
But, how did this festival come about?
Let’s go back to the tale of Mahabharata that inspired such a glorious celebration.
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History And Significance of Bhai Dooj Festival
According to a legend, on this very day, Lord Krishna had returned home after slaying the demon Narakasura. He goes to his loving sister Subhadra who welcomes him home with the holy Diya, fragrant flowers, and sweet and puts the holy vermillion mark on her brother’s forehead; and thus the festival was born.
Also, some say that the lord of Death, Yamaraj visited his sister Yami or Yamuna, who greets her brother with a tilak, the auspicious mark on his forehead, and prays for his health and well-being. This is why it is said that anyone who receives a tilak from their sister on this very day shall not be hurled to hell. Fun fact, this festival is also called Yama-Dwitiya, i.e. the second day after the new moon.
For sisters living with their brothers, they can easily celebrate this bond but for single children and sisters with distant brothers, they can celebrate this day by video calling their brothers and gifting them through online sites.
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Here’s what happens on Bhai Dooj – How to Celebrate Bhai Dooj with Your Brother in 2023
On the day of Bhai Dooj, sisters call their brothers home and prepare a sumptuous meal of their choice along with their favorite sweets.
Once the brother reaches her place, the sisters make them take a seat & perform the aarti, and apply the tilak on their forehead.
After these gifts and blessings are exchanged and the day ends with delicious meals and sweet treats.
2023 has been a very turbulent year for everyone but it makes it less chaotic when you have your siblings watch over you and love you the way you love and care for them. Hence, don’t forget to cherish this day of love.
A bond between a brother and sister; sometimes tightly woven, sometimes loosely held but never broken.
The festival of brother and sister i.e Bhai Dooj also gives a chance to family members and relatives to meet each other and spend some great time together and open their hearts.
SOME OF THE FAQ RELATED TO BHAI DOOJ
Bhai Dooj Shubh Muhurat kab ha?
Bhai Dooj 2023, 15th November Choghadiya Muhurat
Auspicious Choghadiya to take tilak from sister on Bhai Dooj 15th November is as follows
- Labh Chaughadiya from 6:43 am to 8:4 am, this is the first auspicious time to get the tilak from your sister on Bhai Dooj.
- Amrit Choghadiya from 8.04 am to 9.04 am, this is the second auspicious time to get the tilak from your sister on Bhai Dooj.
- Amrit Choghadiya from 10.45 am to 12.05 am, this is the third auspicious time to get the vaccine from your sister on Bhai Dooj.
Is Bhai Dooj a holiday in India?
Yes, Bhai Dooj is a public holiday in many of the Indian states on the day after New Year’s Day on the Hindu lunar calendar.
Officialdiwali wishes you a very blissful Bhai Dooj.
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