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Bhai Dooj – The Sibling Bond

Posted on October 14, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Come October and everyone is going to be in the midst of celebrating Diwali – the Festival of Lights. But this is also the same time when sisters and brothers strengthen their bond in India. Yes Bhai dooj the festival of the brothers for the sisters is a festival that is much awaited by all sisters and brothers in India. This year in 2011 Bhai Dooj falls on October 28. So come this day and we can see everyone celebrating the occasion with a lot of love and bonding.

What is bhai dooj? This is a great festival of bonding and enhancing relationships. The sibling relation is something that is special and incomparable. It is beyond all relations in the world. In India, the culture of the Hindus has encouraged a lot of glory and greatness to this sibling relation and Bhai Dooj is just one form of exhibiting it. It improves the closeness between brothers and sisters and also helps them to be in touch always.

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This is the one time when the woman who is in her husband’s house gets a chance to go without bodings to her maternal home and is able to be with her parents and brothers away from her responsibility and duties. This kind of break is essential for every woman who is a homemaker and manages home and profession. The brother too gets this opportunity to specially take time off for his sisters and is able to bond and share a lot of things.

Today however with technological advancement, emails and e cards are in fashion besides messages and MMS on the cell phones. There are chocolate hampers and beverage gifts that are couriered. But the importance of Bhai dooj has not waned and the way of celebrations might have undergone a small change. The emotions behind the festival are still as strong and the feeling when the brother and sister unite is something that has to be experienced to be understood. So this October 28, are you ready with your gifts for Bhai dooj?

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The Bhai Dooj has its own significance culturally in India. Held on the third day of the Indian month of Kartik, and the second day after new moon. It is believed to have been started with the prime intention of keeping the women safe in the society.

On the day of Bhai Dooj sisters apply the tilak on their brother’s forehead and they also perform an aarti which is a kind of silent prayer with lamps. Then the sister gives sweets to her brother and the brother too gives her a gift. In this manner any kind of misunderstandings between siblings are quietly erased under the guise of a festival. India thrives in living in social harmony and understanding and festivals are just a means of endorsing such feelings.

Bhai dooj festival in India

Legend has it that the God of Death Yama visited his sister Yami. She applied tilak on his forehead and Yama was so happy that he announced that any brother who has tilak on his forehead applied by his sister would be saved from fear and death. Thus the tradition started.

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