This is one of the most important Hindu festivals, that is celebrated across India by different names, as here, the sister puts a Tika/Tilak or a sandalwood impression on the forehead of her brother with her finger. This is a ceremonial event in the Hindu calendar which is celebrated by Hindus in India and Nepal. It is a tradition that dates back to centuries, where the sister prays for the well being and long life of her dear brother, and in return receives gifts and sweets. The prayer is a ritualistic hymn that is said by all sisters while putting the sandalwood or kumkum impression on the forehead of her brother. She worships her brother with flowers and lighting incense sticks. It is a prayer of long, prosperous and happy life for a brother, who in return offers gifts to he sister(s). Every year, this festival is celebrated in the month of October-November as per the Hindu tithi or Vikram Samvat calendar. The sister prepares for the occasion, at least one day in advance by gathering all the necessary items required for the puja. On the auspicious day, she also prepares good food for her brother and wears traditional attires, after taking a bath early morning.
Solemn Celebration & Traditional Cuisine
On the day of Bhai Dooj, the sister wears beautiful traditional attires, especially pure cotton sarees in states like West Bengal, where this day is celebrated as ‘Bhai Phota’. In Nepal too, it is celebrated as ‘Bhai Tika’, as this nation is a predominantly a Hindu nation and a Hindu state. So, it is really an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar, where the sisters are dressed in colorful salwar kameez, whereas the brothers are in their traditional kurta pyjamas. Some sisters even wear kurtis, to look even more beautiful and elegant. Mouthwatering food is prepared in every home where these is a sister and a brother, as they celebrate this festival with lots of enthusiasm, happiness and traditional fervor. Mothers prepare local cuisine, such as in Himachal Pradesh, they cook Rajma Chawal, whereas in Bengal, it is a non-veg platter. So, it is a perfect blend of local food, traditional clothing and pure Hindu rituals and ceremonies that fills the air with joy and happiness.