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Bhai Dooj - Come celeberate the bond of love between a brother and a sister.

Bhai Dooj is a joyous Indian Festival that celebrates the affectionate relationship between a brother and his sister. On this day loving sisters apply the sacred tilak on brother's forehead and pray for their long life. Brother in their turn promise to protect the sister from all adversities in life. Date of Bhai Dooj is decided according to the position of the moon as the festival is to be celebrated on the 'Dooj' day in the Hindu month of Kartik which is the month of October - November according to Gregorian Calendar. 'Dooj' in Hindi means next day after the new moon night. Bhai Dooj also marks the culmination of Diwali celebrations as it is celebrated on the fifth or the last day of the Festival of Lights.

Bhaidooj is celebrated all over India though regional variations can be seen in the name of the festival and also its method of celebration. The festival of Bhai Dooj is also known as Bhai Tika, Bhai Phota, Bhaubeej, Yamadwitheya, Bhathru Dwithiya and Bhatri Ditya.

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Bhai DoojLegends of Bhai Dooj :
Most popular legend of Bhai Dooj narrates the story related to Yamaraj - the Hindu mythological God of Death and sister Yamuna. It is said that once on the auspicious day of Dooj Yamaraj visited his twin sister after a long period of time. Yamuna treated his brother very affectionately. She applied tilak on her brother's forehead and treated him with a sumptuous meal. Lord Yama was so pleased that he declared that who so ever is greeted with tilak and a meal on the Dooj day will never be hurled to hell.

Another popular legend related to the festival says that after slaying the demon Narakasur Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who received him very warmly. Subhadra applied tilak on Krishna's forehead and showered flowers on him. Since then the custom of applying tilak became extremely popular.

Bhai-Dooj Rituals :
On Bhai Dooj brothers visit their sister's house and have a meal there. Sisters wait eagerly for brothers and prepare their favourite dishes. Following the rituals of the day sister's lovingly apply roli tikka on brother's forehead, perform arti and give him a sweet to eat. This simple ceremony is symbolic of sister's sincerest prayers to the divine for the health and long life of her brother. Brothers too bless the sister and promise to take care of her. Sisters who are unable to meet their brothers send tika by post. The latest trend is to send E-Tika as more and more siblings have Internet access.

Bhai-Dooj Celebrations :
Bhai Dooj celebrations are extremely joyous in nature. The festival is a time for family reunion as the entire family gets to meet each other in a festive spirit. An exchange of gifts and sweets takes place and everybody relishes the festive food. Brothers and sisters reflect on the joyful memories of their shared past, their future plans and talk about the joys and sorrows in their present. The whole day just passes in the joyful feeling of togetherness.

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