Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj is a Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the second day of the five-day long Diwali festival, which is also known as the Festival of Lights. The word “Bhai” means brother in Hindi, and “Dooj” means the second day after the new moon.

On Bhai Dooj, sisters perform a puja (worship ceremony) for their brothers, offering prayers for their well-being and long life. The brothers in return, offer gifts and blessings to their sisters. It is a day to show love and affection between siblings, and to strengthen the bond of brotherhood and sisterhood.

The celebration of Bhai Dooj varies among different regions and communities in India, but it typically involves the sisters applying tilak (a red or yellow marking) on the forehead of their brothers, and performing aarti (a Hindu ritual involving lighting lamps and offering prayers). The brothers also promise to protect and take care of their sisters, and sisters pray for the happiness and prosperity of their brothers.

Bhai Dooj is an important festival in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated with much enthusiasm and joy. It is a time to come together with family, exchange gifts, and enjoy delicious food and sweets.

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