Bhai Dooj Festival Traditions:

Bhai Dooj Festival is the celebration of bond of a brother and a sister. This is a beautiful occasion where one can observe the bond of love and affection shared by a brother and his sister. Indian culture has given due importance to values and traditions that should be followed with each festival, irrespective of the regional differences and adaptations of any festival.

Bhai Dooj is an example of such a festival that endorses the importance of family and family values and ties between family members. Bhai Dooj is especially subjective to a relationship between a brother and sister.

Bhai Dooj is celebrated the day after Diwali with complete rituals and pooja and sweets. A sister wakes up early in the morning to decorate her pooja thali with different kinds of sweets, rice and roli and also Coconut, which is the most important part the thali. Each member of the family has to perform pooja with the diya’s that were decorated and used for Diwali, and after which the brothers are made to sit in front of their sisters for the ceremony.

The brothers are made to cover their heads, and the sister applies tikka on the brother’s forehead. This is followed by sisters present the brother with coconut and sweets. The brother in turn, if he wants to, gives a gift to his sister. Usually the gifts are the things that the sister has expressed a desire to have or sometimes the brothers think it is wise to give the sisters money so that she can buy anything that she would like to have.

This tradition is followed because of the history behind it where Lord Krishna after killing Narakasur went to visit his sister Subhadra, who welcomed him by applying tikka on his forehead to mark his victory. Festivals like Bhai Dooj encompass the feeling of love and respect and affection for our family and near and dear ones. See a photo here from Indian hindu family where they celebrating bhai dooj.

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