The festival of Bhai Dooj, a significant occasion celebrating the unique bond between brothers and sisters, will be observed across several states in India on November 14 and 15 this year. This festival, marking the end of the five-day Diwali festivities, is known by various names, including Bhau Beej, Bhai Dwitiya, and Bhathru Dwithiya in different parts of the country. In the southern states, the day is celebrated as Yama Dwitiya.
The name ‘Bhai Dooj’ is derived from two words: ‘Bhai’ meaning brother and ‘Dooj’ indicating the second day after the new moon. On this auspicious day, sisters perform a traditional aarti, apply tilak (vermilion) on their brothers’ foreheads, and tie a protective thread around their wrists, symbolizing their love and affection.
According to the Drik Panchang, the auspicious muhurat (timing) for Bhai Dooj rituals will commence in the afternoon of November 14, lasting a little over two hours, from 01:10 pm to 3:19 pm. The Dwitiya tithi begins at 02:36 pm on November 14 and concludes at 01:47 pm on November 15, providing ample time for siblings to come together and celebrate the occasion.
As part of the celebration, siblings often exchange heartfelt messages and wishes. Some of the wishes that can be shared on this special day include expressions of gratitude, prayers for success and happiness, and acknowledgments of the irreplaceable role brothers play in their sisters’ lives.
Bhai Dooj is a festival that strengthens the familial bonds and celebrates the unique relationship between siblings. It’s a day filled with love, care, and mutual respect, reminding brothers and sisters of the special place they hold in each other’s lives.