To celebrate festivals is always an important tradition of Hindus. Form all the festivals Bhaiya-Dooj is one of the most awaited festival. The name if this festival has also an important sense; the meaning of Bhaiya is brother and Dooj meaning is a new moon after two days as this festival is celebrated after the two days of Diwali in kartik month of Hindus calendar. Bhai Dooj festival is also spelt as Bhaiyadooj festival, Bhaiduj or Bhai Duj festival in India . This festival is celebrated among all the brothers and sisters. On this day Tika is applied by the sisters on their brother's forehead and sisters pray for the long life of their brothers and in lieu of it brothers bless their sisters and promise to protect them form all adversity in their life.
After the energetic celebration of Diwali, the lights festival and fire-crackers, sisters of all over India get ready for Bhai Dooj. On this day sisters do the ceremony by putting a sacred tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers with love and perform an aarti of by showing them the light of the holy flame as a mark of their love and protection from evils. On this occasion sisters are gifted goodies and blessings by their brothers. Bhai Dooj comes every year on the fifth and last day of Diwali that falls on a new moon night.
The myths and legends
of this festival say that Bhai Dooj is also called 'Yama Dwiteeya' as it's said that on this day, Yamaraj who is the Lord of Death and the keeper of Hell, went to visit his sister Yami, who put the propitious mark on his forehead and prayed for his welfare. So, it is believed that on this day anyone who gets tilak from his sister will not be thrown into hell.
celebrate this beautiful relationship twice in a year; in form of Raksha Bandhan and Bhai Dooj.
Generally, on this day brothers do not go to their sisters' place rather sisters come to their birth place that is their mother's home for Tilak ceremony. After performing the ceremony, brothers give gifts to their sisters. Generally, the girl of the house is given presents of clothes, utensils, and lots of mithai, fruits at festivals and whatever they demand to have.