The festival of light, Diwali, starts with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj which celebrates the unique bond shared by brothers and sisters. Though the festival is similar to Raksha Bandhan, sisters do not tie a thread on their brothers’ wrists on the occasion. The sisters, instead, pray for the well-being and long life of their brothers while the latter promises to protect them. Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the second day of Shukla Paksha, the Hindu lunar month of Kartik. It falls on the day of the new moon and is generally celebrated sometime between October and November. The second day is also known as dwithiya’ or ‘dooj’. Therefore the festival is known as Bhathru Dwithiya or Bhai Dooj.
The day is celebrated with abandon and gusto in several parts of India. In places like Bihar, Bengal, Maharashtra and in some parts of Gujarat, the day holds special importance. It is also celebrated in Nepal. The day is known in different places by different names. In Nepal, it is known as Bhai Tika; Bhau Beej in Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka; Bhai Phota, Bhathru Dwithiya, Bhau-Deej, in Bengal; and Ningol Chakuba in Manipur.
On this auspicious day, sisters put a tilak on the brother’s forehead and perform aarti. In return, they are given gifts and blessings. The tilak ceremony, however, differs from place to place. In Bengal, sandal paste and kajal are used while blessings are offered with dhaan (paddy grain) and durba (grass). In Nepal, on the other hand, seven colours are used in the tilak.
According to Drik Panchang, Bhai Dooj is on Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Bhai Dooj Aparahna Time – 01:11 PM to 03:23 PM
Duration – 02 Hours 12 Mins
Dwitiya Tithi Begins – 06:13 AM on Oct 29, 2019
Dwitiya Tithi Ends – 03:48 AM on Oct 30, 2019