Bhai Dooj, Bhaiya Dooj or Bhau Beej is celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika. On this day sisters pray for their brothers and apply tilak on their foreheads, and the siblings and cousins exchange gifts. This festival is one of the most loved festivals which marks the end of the auspicious festival- Diwali. This year, Bhai Dooj falls on October 21.
Bhai Dooj signifies one of the strongest bonds between the siblings which are nurtured for the entire life. The relationship shared amongst them is one of the purest forms of love. After, Raksha Bandhan Bhai Dooj is the important festival which is celebrated with traditional rituals. This is the day when sisters welcome their brothers at their place and put tilak on their forehead.
According to Hindu mythology, Bhai Dooj is celebrated because of the significance of the slaying of Narkasur demon. It is said that Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who welcomed him and applied tilak on his forehead. People say from that time celebrating this festival came into existence. Another story goes that this day is celebrated for the legend Lord Yama. The God of Death visits his sister Yami and she puts tilak on his forehead. This mark signifies that her brother will always be there to protect her and his sister will always be there to pray for him.
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat:
Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat = 13:12 to 15:27
Duration = 2 Hours 14 Mins
Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 01:37 on 21/Oct/2017
Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 03:00 on 22/Oct/2017
The red tika marks the start of happiness, well-being and prosperity for the rest of your brother’s life. After everything is done brothers gift their sisters with sweets, chocolates and lot more.