BHAIYA DOOJ

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Significance: The Fifth Day of Diwali Celebrations.
Falls In: October-November
Observed As: A Symbol Of Love Between Sisters And Brothers.
Also Known As: Bhai Dooj, Yama-Dwitiya & Bahu Beej

The fifth day of the Diwali festival is Bhaiya Dooj also called Bahu Beej, when sisters apply Tilak on the foreheads of their brothers when they come to visit them and to pray for their prosperity and well-being. It is an occasion of togetherness, and familial ties.

Legends
As the legend goes Yamraj, the God of Death visited his sister Yami on this particular day. She put the auspicious Tilak on his forehead, garlanded him and led him with special dishes and both of them together ate the sweets, talked and enjoyed themselves to their heart's content, while parting Yamraj gave her a special gift as a token of his love and in return Yami also gave him a lovely gift which she had made with her own hands. That day Yamraj announced that anyone who receives tilak from his sister will never be thrown. That is why this day of Bhaiya Dooj is also known by the name of "Yama-Dwitiya".

Past & Present Rituals
In all likelihood, this ritual was originally intended only for married women. Since they celebrated Diwali with their in-laws, this festival allowed them to come to their parent's home during this auspicious time. It was the time when they got some time to have a small family get together as well as have a break from the hectic activities of the previous days. It also gave the girl's parents an opportunity to give their daughters some gifts, an opportunity they did not often get.

Nowadays however, among many communities both married and unmarried sisters observe Bhai-Dooj. It is regarded as a day for the brother and sister to meet and generally re-establish the love in their relationship.



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