The bond between siblings is one that deserves to be celebrated all year round.

Bhai Dooj 2020: Know all about the history, significance and celebrations of Yama Dwitiya here

The bond between siblings is one which deserves to be celebrated all 12 months spherical. According to Hindu customs, Bhai Dooj, also called Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Tika, celebrates this very bond of affection and safety. Bhai Dooj is well known on the second lunar day of ‘Shukla Paksha’ (vibrant fortnight) within the Hindu calendar month of Kartika, which is 2 days after the Diwali celebration. This 12 months, Bhai Dooj is being celebrated on November 16 and the ‘shubh muhrat’ has been designated from 1:10 PM to three:18 PM.

History and significance

As is widespread with most Hindu festivals, there are numerous legends related to the celebration of this auspicious pageant, the preferred one being about Yamraj, the god of dying. As per this legend, Yamraj’s sister Yamuna tried to get her brother to go to her on many events however Yamraj was unable to take action for a very long time. When he lastly met her, he was greeted with a grand ceremony, provided sweets and had the ceremonial tika positioned on his brow.

Being immensely happy with the love and respect he was showered with, Yamraj gave Yamuna a boon and he or she in flip requested him to dedicate a day on which he would go to her home every year. Hence, the ritual of siblings visiting one another on this present day started to honour the kinship between them.

Another legend means that on this present day, Lord Krishna went to go to his sister Subhadra after defeating the demon, Naraksura. Subhadra welcomed him with a garland of flowers, positioned the tika on his brow and carried out an aarti, which gave rise to the pageant of Bhai Dooj.


In its essence and sentiment, Bhai Dooj is sort of much like Raksha Bandhan however on this event the ceremonial Rakhi will not be tied on the wrist. On this present day, elder siblings give items and cash to their youthful siblings who in flip apply the tika to their foreheads and pray for his or her wellbeing and safety. The whole household will get collectively to have a good time this auspicious pageant and to indulge within the varied delicacies leftover from Diwali.

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