About Bhai Dooj or Bhai Duj
Bhai Dooj, Bhau-beej or Bhaiya Duj is celebrated by Hindus in Benares very happily in the traditional and cultural way. It is generally based on the relationship of the brother and sister, a great festival in Hinduism. People celebrate the festival of Bhai duj on the last day means 5th day of Diwali (the second day of bright fortnight, Shukla Paksha of the Kartika month).
At this occasion, all the sisters make a pray to the God for their dear brothers to have long, prosperous and successful life. First they perform the Tika ceremony and then, in returns they get a nice and lovely gift from their brothers. This festival is known as a the symbol of love for all the sisters and brothers.
Bhai Dooj 2016
Bhai Dooj 2016 would be celebrated by the people on 1st of November, at Tuesday.
Bhai Dooj 2015
Bhai Dooj 2015 was celebrated by the people on 13th of November, at Friday.
Bhai Dooj 2014
Bhai Dooj 2014 was celebrated by the people on 25th of October, at Saturday.
History and Legends of Bhaiya Duj
In the Vedic era, the legend of the Bhai duj is the God Yama (Yamraj), also known as the Lord of death. It is believed that, the God Yama was used to visit his sister Yamuna on this day and she kindly welcomed him by making a tilak on his forehead, which is still celebrated as Bhai duj. God Yama had given his sister a Vardan that anyone who see his sister on this day will be free from all his/her sins and got Moksha. From that day, brothers go to see their sisters on this great day for their well-being. That’s why, Bhai Duj is also famous by the name of Yama-Dwitiya.
Another myth of the Bhai Duj is, Mahavir (founder of the Jainism), who got nirvana at this day and his brother (King Nandivardhan) was very upset as he neglected him and reassured by his sister (Sudarshana). That’s why sisters are revered by their dear brothers at the Bhai Duj festival.
One more myth is, Lord Krishna returned to his home and went to meet his sister Subhadra after killing the demon named, Narakasura. Subhadra welcomed his brother, Lord Krishna, very kindly by making a tilak on his forehead. Hence, this day has became the celebration point of never-ending bond of the love and care between the brothers and sisters.
Customs and Traditions on Bhai Dooj
Sisters wake up early in the morning on this day and decorate their Puja Thali, put a vermilion paste as a sacred tika on the brother’s forehead, do arti, then they make pray to the God for the long and successful life of their cherished brothers. In turn, they get nice gift and lot of promises from their brothers to get protected whole life from the bad forces. On this occasion, special gifts are available in the market at very affordable prices.
Bhaiya Dooj Celebration
The festival of Bhai Duj is especially devoted to the sisters. It is celebrated by sisters by putting a propitious tilak of a vermilion paste on brother’s forehead and doing arti by diya. It is a symbol of love and security by evil forces to the sisters by brothers. Sisters get beautiful gifts and lot of blessings too by their brothers.
Bhai Duj Gifts
Bhai Duj is a festival of brother and sister’s love, sweets, decorations, firecrackers, lights, and barter of the gifts celebrated at the end day of the Diwali festival (a five days long festival, starts from Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Duj). Most common Bhai Duj gifts purchased by the brothers and sisters are puja thali, sweet hamper, gift baskets, jewellery, and many more.