Bhaubeej or Bhai dooj is celebrated with great excitement and enjoyment in various regions of India. This festival celebrates the eternal bonding of love between brother and sister. Brothers and sisters of the country await this festival every year with great enthusiasm. Bhaubeej or Bhai dooj is celebrated just after two days of the Diwali festival in the month of Kartik. “Bhai” meaning brother and “Dooj” meaning two days after new moon, justifies the name of this festival.
Bhaubeej or Bhai dooj is known by different names in different parts of the country. Each of the names has their different connotations and significance. This festival is also known by various names like Bhai Phota, Bhai Tika, Bhathru Dwithiya, Bhatri Ditya,Bhaubeej / Bhai Bij/ Bhav Bij and Yamadwitheya.
Bhaubeej is a major Hindu festival that gives a lot of importance to the family ties and relationships.On the auspicious day of Bhai dooj, people celebrate the lifelong relationship of the siblings. The relationship shared by brothers and sisters is the purest form of bond. The married women also visit their native places to celebrate this day with her family members and brothers.
The celebration of the Bhaubeej or Bhai dooj is performed at the general room meant for puja. The sisters decorate the room and prepare the thalis with sweets, roli, batashas, seven paans, fruits, rice and coconuts. An oil lamp is lit to make the occasion all the more auspicious. The sisters put tikka on the forehead of the brothers and strengthen the bond of the siblings. The tikka is prepared with vermilion, sandal paste, roli or kumkum. After the application of the tikka, the brothers are given some delectable items to eat. Gifts are also shared between the siblings. Feasts are also arranged at some households.
There are several customs and traditions that are attached to the festival of Bhaubeej or Bhai dooj. The brothers and the sisters take bath early in the morning and wear new clothes to mark this auspicious occasion. The sisters then prepare for the thaalis, artis and tikkas for the brothers. The sisters and the brothers both wish for each others well being and long life. The brothers also assure to protect their sisters from all odds.
Special recipes are prepared so as to make the day of Bhaubeej or Bhai dooj a remarkable experience.Counted as one of the chief festivals of India, Bhai dooj brings in lots of joy and merriment to the relationship of the siblings.