Bhaiya Dooj Festival
Bhai Dooj is a Religious Festival of Siblings
Bhaiya Dooj or Bhai Dooj is a religious festival in India that is celebrated as a symbol of love between a brother and a sister. The festival involves celebratory rituals in which sisters apply Tika on the forehead of their brother and wish long life, peace, happiness, and success in his life. So, the festival of Bhai Dooj resembles that of Raksha Bandhan Festival, though this doesn’t involve tying the sacred thread around the wrist of brothers.
When Does Bhaiya Dooj Take Place?
The festival of Bhaiya Dooj takes place on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha during Vikram Samvat. It takes place after the grand festival of Diwali or Holi. Proper rituals and religious conduct are followed during the day by the followers of this festival, thereby accentuating the religious significance of the day in the country. Indian states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and others are the places where Bhai Dooj are celebrated with great religious reverence.
What Rituals Are Followed On Bhai Dooj?
- A plate washed with Ganga water is used on Bhai Dooj. The plate is decked with roli, flowers, betel nuts, sandalwood, and sweets.
- A seat for the brother to sit is placed.
- Sisters perform aarti and apply red tika on the forehead of the brother.
- The tika ceremony signifies the love of sisters for the happiness and well-being of their brothers.
What Legend Is Associated With The Bhai Dooj Festival?
Once the king of death, Yama, on several requests for the invitation from his sister, Yamuna, went to see her at her residence. The sister applied tika to the forehead of her brother and prayed for his happiness, long life, and wellbeing. Pleased by the sisterly love, Yama asked his sister for a boon. At this, his sister just requested him to visit her residence every year and she would celebrate his visitation by following the tika ceremony. Yama granted the boon to his sister. Since then, the festival of Bhai Dooj has been in practice.
Important Things To Follow On Bhai Dooj
- Sisters should not force your brother to have food at your residence on Bhai Doj.
- On this day, make sure you avoid quarrelling with your brothers. It goes the same with brothers as well.
- Brothers should not mock the foods prepared by sisters on this day.
- Sisters should not mock the gifts given by brothers. Doing so is believed to make the sibling relationship estranged.
- Do not tell a lie to your sisters on Bhai Dooj.
- Brothers should not consume alcoholic stuff on this day.
- Sisters must not eat anything, even water, until tika ceremony is done.
- Never forget to feed something sweet to your brother after tika ceremony.
- On this day, sisters should cook foods preferred by brothers.
Bhaiya Dooj or Bhai Dooj is a religious festival of siblings in which sisters perform tika ceremony with their brothers and pray for their peace, happiness and long-life. The festival is quite popular in many Indian states, including Haryana, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. Sisters perform Bhai Dooj festival religiously as it is believed to bring forth peace and prosperity in the life of their brothers.
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