There are many festivals celebrated in India. While some are cultural or patriotic in nature, many of the famous festivals are religion-based. The diversity of culture and tradition, with its huge geographical land mass, presents India with myriad of festivities and occasions for celebrations. Apart from the personal, such as birthdays, weddings or anniversaries, there are events and occasions such as New Year's Day, Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Shivaratri/Maha Shivaratri, Rath Yatra, Ramzan Id, Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Gandhi Jayanti, Dussehra (Maha Navami), Bakri Id, Diwali/Deepavali, Bhai Dooj, Chhath Puja, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Christmas, etc. just to name a few. Of the many events and festivals, two auspicious occasions are similar in nature and stands out due to it beautiful and meaningful purpose. They are Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj.
These two are different from the others simply because it is meant to reestablish and reinforce the unique ties of families. Although the dates occur separately, the idea and main purpose behind both Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj are same. Both celebrate the beautiful love and bond that exists between a brother and a sister, and both intends to keep this sacred bond strong and safe. While Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the 10th of August this year, Bhai Dooj occurs on the last day of the 5-day Diwali festival; which happens to be the 25th of October this year. Arguably, the lesser known of the two is Bhai Dooj.
This may be so due to the popularity of its more famous cousin “Raksha Bandhan”. It doesn’t, however, discount the fact that Bhai Dooj is equally important and highly pertinent. Like Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj celebrates the brother-sister love and affection. On this occasion, sisters will perform rituals and pray for the well-being of their brothers. They will cook and prepare delicious meals and eatables and invite their beloved brothers to feast on them. The brothers will reciprocate in cash &/or kind, such as gifts, with a solemn pledge to serve and protect their sisters.
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