Nothing adds a touch of charm to the festive season like embracing festive traditions like Bhai Dooj. The associations with this occasion are endless. A brother and a sister have a shared past filled with memories like childhood fights, complaints, and the intervention of elders, sharing secrets, and a complete understanding between two siblings. Certain relationships like that of a brother and sister go through several stages, but the bond remains strong forever. Indian traditions celebrate this bond with special days like Bhai Dooj and Raksha Bandhan. On this day, everything around one is beautified. Garland-adorned doorways, pooja thali with tilak, or traditional sweet delicacies and fragrances fill up the house, and Indian women and men dress up in their traditional attires and stunning jewellery pieces.
The auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj takes place following the two-day Diwali celebration. Bhai Dooj is a pivotal occasion for sisters to pray to God for their cherished brother's longevity, well-being, and wealth. The sisters commemorate this celebration by putting a tilak on their brother's forehead, preceded by an aarti of him, with a decorated thali holding delicacies. The thali contains an assortment of roli, rice, coconut and durba., depending on the custom followed in different parts of India. By putting the tilak, the sister also safeguards the brother from negative influences. As a gesture of love and care, brothers lavish their sisters with presents. The sisters reciprocate by feeding him a lavish meal and showering him with love and gifts.
Jewellery is the best gift for your sibling for this occasion as it never loses its value and sheen. The gift here becomes a symbolical representation of the bond. It ages beautifully as the brother and sister grow older. From gold to diamond rings, handcrafted heritage necklaces to contemporary pieces. Jewellery is an excellent present for your sibling.
Like all Indian festivals, the Bhai Dooj celebration differs in various parts of India. However, the core and the rituals are offshoots of the same beliefs and traditions. Bhai Dooj has other names, including Bhai Phota in West Bengal, Bhau Beej in Maharasthra, Bhai Tika in Nepal, and Yama Dwitiya in some parts of India. Read more