One of the most important Hindu celebrations, Bhai Dooj, also called Bhai Dwitiya in Bengal, is a celebration of the relationship that exists between brothers and sisters. It is a festival that is very significant both emotionally and culturally in India, and it comes two days after Diwali. The name of the holiday is derived from two different words: “Bhai,” which means brother, and “Dooj or Dwitiya,” which refers to the second day following the new moon, which is the day on which the holiday is observed.
This year, the 15th of November has been designated as the day to commemorate Bhai Dooj. The day honours the special relationship that exists between brothers and sisters as well as the unrestricted affection that exists between them.
This day is significant in Hindu mythology because it is the day when Yama, the deity of death, paid a visit to his sister Yamuna. Yamuna greeted her brother with affection and put tilak on his forehead as a sign of respect. Because Yama was moved by Yamuna’s compassion and love, he bestowed upon her the blessing that everyone who gets tilak from their sister on this day would be guaranteed a long and fruitful life.
According to a different legend, once Lord Krishna had vanquished Narakasura, he went to pay a visit to his sister Subhadra. Subhadra greeted him, then placed a tilak on his forehead. Since that time, the festival of Bhai Dooj has been held on this day.
This day, known as Bhai Dooj, celebrates the bonds of family and the unwavering love and support that siblings provide one another. The celebration not only helps brothers and sisters become closer to one another, but it also helps to be the guardian angel of each other. This ritual is performed so that we may be protected from harm and may live long and prosperous lives.
7 Quotes to Remember
“Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” – Marc Brown.
“Brother and sister, together as friends, ready to face whatever life sends. Joy and laughter or tears and strife, holding hands tightly as we dance through life.” – Suzie Huitt
“The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble.” – Clara Ortega
“Sisters and brothers just happen, we don’t get to choose them, but they become one of our most cherished relationships.” – Wes Adamson
“Brothers and sisters can provide the most encouragement and support when life’s trials get us down. Talk to them!” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Friends grow up and move away. But the one thing that’s never lost is your sister.” — Gail Sheeny
“What sets sisters apart from brothers and also from friends is a very intimate meshing of heart, soul and the mystical cords of memory.” – Carol Saline