Bhai Dooj Celebration

In Bhai Dooj or Bhau Beej is mostly the fourth and last day of the Diwali festivity. On this day sisters pray for their brother by applying a red bhai dooj Tilak of Kumkum, and pray for the long life, harmony and fortune of the brother. This Tilak is an opportune mark put on the forehead of the brothers and an Arati is done. The holy flame of the Diya is a mark of sisterly affection that will guard the brother from all evil and difficulties in life.In turn the sisters are spoiled with extravagant goodies from their brothers. Bhai dooj is observed on the second day of the new moon, where “Bhai’ means brother and “Dooj” means second day of the post new moon. The day is named in a different way in different parts of India, like in northern India it is called as Bhai Dooj and in the eastern part of India, it is known as Bhai Phonta.

Every sister and brother looks forward to this commemoration that marks the bond of eternal love and affection and is also perceived by people who are not related through family tree. Which means; this is also an occurrence when new bonds are created, and commemorated and social ties of harmony and brotherhood are established and renewed.

Significance of Bhai Dooj

Just like the several other Hindu festivals, Bhai Dooj is also a celebration of family bonds and social attachments. It marks the never-ending bond of affection between the brother and his sister. Such is the significance of the carnival that these days when the brothers are incapable to visit their sisters on this occasion due to fast life and work pressures, sisters send the bhai dooj tikka that is considered as the holy spot of guard through post or courier. Now days the technology has become so advanced that you can easily send bhai dooj gifts online. Indians are known to adore customs, sacraments and relationships through festivals. Bhai Dooj is similar in spirit to Rakhi, where sisters witness the day to pray for the long life and well-being of their brothers. If Raksha Bandhan is all about tying a Rakhi on the arm of their brother as a mark of the dependable bond of love and warmth, whereby, the brother is committed to guard the sister from all adversities in life.

Story behind Bhai Phonta

In Bengal this day is known as Bhai Phonta where the sister fasts until she puts the opportune mark of sandalwood paste on the forehead of their brother. They exchange gifts and the sister prays for a healthy and flourishing life for her brother. The occasion is completed with grand feasts and happiness. Bhai Dooj is celebrated also because on this day Bhagawaan Mahavir found nirvana, his brother Raja Nandivardhan was distrait because he missed him and was consoled by his sister Sudarshana. Since then, women have been revered during this carnival.

Bhai dooj is a beautiful festival of rituals and customs to show the bond of brother and sister. We know you all the excited about this beautiful festival. So without waiting further let’s celebrate this festival with joy and harmony.