Bhai Dooj (Bhai Phota, Bhai Bij, Bhai Duj, Bhaubeej) 2010 falls on November 7th. It is one of the major festival of India, also spelt as Bhaidooj, Bhaiduj or Bhai Duj. Bhai Dooj is popularly known as Bhai Bij, Bhaubeej amongst the Marathi and Konkani speaking communities in the states of Maharashtra,Goa and Karnataka. It is also known as Bhai fota in Bengali and Bhai Tika in Nepal.
The festival is celebrated between brothers and sisters to strengthen the bond of love they share. On this auspicious day, sisters put tilak on their brother’s forehead and pray for their long life. In return, brothers pamper their sisters and promise them to stand by their side in all hardships of life.
The reason why this festival is known as bhai dooj is that it falls on the second day after the new moon, that is the Dooj day. And it is a day to pray for the long life of the brother, which is referred as “bhayya or bhai”. According to religious scriptures, Yamaraj, the God of death, went to visit his sister’s house after a long period of separation. His sister, Yami was very happy to see him and welcomed him by putting an auspicious mark on his forehead for his welfare. Yami and Yamraj then shared a meal. He was so pleased with his sister’s reception, he proclaimed that every year, on the dooj day, if a sister puts a tilak on her brother’s forehead, then no one can harm her brother. To send greetings on this day please visit
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