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After the high voltage celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights and fire-crackers, sisters all over India get ready for the Hindu ritual of Bhai Dooj.

This is an auspicious occasion when sisters ceremonize their love by putting an auspicious tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and show him the light of the holy flame as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. Sisters are lavished with gifts, goodies and blessings from their brothers.

Also known as Bhai Tika or Bhai Phonta in various regions of India and Nepal, this year this festival falls today - November 5. Read Full Article

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November 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm
(1) shantie maharaj says:

info auch as this is always welcome as it shed light on the real pulse of our many observances and celebrations. vande mataram. the country that offers man the master key to everyday survival seeking inner awareness

November 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(2) Ramesh Khanal says:

In Nepal, this festival is called Bhaiteeka and observe mostly similarly as explained in this article but has some more traditions. The sisters invite their brothers to their home and worship them. They make three rounds of oil drops around their brothers sitting together. This is considered as safe haven against the attach of Death and ememies. They put seven coloured teeka at the middle of their forehead and put garland of never wilting marigold (सयपत्री sayapatri) and amaranth ( मखमली makhamali) flower. They break walnut balls (अक्षोट in Sanskrit and ओखर in Nepali) and throw outwards from the door of the house considering them to be the enemies of their brothers. The sisters offer their brothers gift items which includes eating items like Nepali selroti and fruites and some cloth item like a towel or a vest or a shirt. In return, the brothers offer back with some amounts of money. Nepali selroti is rice powder cooked in frying oil and is a ring shaped. After concluding the worshiping ceremony, the siblings break their fast and start eating delicious meals.

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