Bhai Dooj Festival

The day after Goverdhan Puja in Hindu festivals at the time of Diwali celebration is termed as Bhai Dooj. Bhai Dooj– as the name says “Bhai” showcasing Brother and “Dooj” means second which means the festival of bonding between brothers and sisters, celebrated on the Dwitiya Tithi as per Hindu Lunar Calendar. In Bengal, it is referred as Bhai Phonta, whereas, in Nepal it is exalted as Bhai Tika. In Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa states, it is stated as Bhai Beej/Bhav Beej.

Shubh Muhurat to perform Bhai dooj:

Bhai Dooj will observe on 9th November 2018 (Friday).

Bhai Dooj Tika Muhurat = 14:09 to 16:53

Duration = 2 Hours 43 Minutes

Dwitiya Tithi Begins = 02:37 on 9/Nov/2018

Dwitiya Tithi Ends = 02:50 on 10/Nov/2018 

How to celebrate Bhai dooj:

This one of the prominent day of Diwali festivity signifies that the brother will protect his sister throughout the life span. Through Bhai Dooj celebration, the sincerest prayers of a sister for his brother long and happy life is also conveyed.

• During the evening time of Bhai Dooj festival, sisters prepare sweetmeats and other food items for their brother. 

• Sisters invite their beloved brothers to come to their place for this festival.

• Sisters make a space near worshipping area or just close to the home temple with rice flour for their brothers to sit.

• At the arrival of her brother, she applies vermillion tilak to his forehead and does Aarti. 

• Then sister gives Kaddu flower, betel leaves, betel nut and coins in the brother’s palm also recite mantras by pouring water over them.

• She also prays for his long life, prosperity and happiness.

• She also keeps a fast for his longevity and good health.

• She made Kheer and coconut Laddoos as the traditional cuisines on this festival. 

• Exchanging gifts are also become popular amongst brothers and sisters to show the love and affection towards each other.

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