Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj gets celebrated between brothers and sisters. The festival is also known as Bhai Phota, Bhatri Ditya, Bhai Tika, Bhatru Dwitiya and Yama Dwitiya. The celebrations mark a family reunion and are joyous occasions. In some parts of the country there are special cultural events organized on the occasion.
On this day, sisters apply sacred tika on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their long life. The brothers bless their sisters and promise to protect them from any danger in her life. Bhaiya means brother and Dooj means two later days of the moon. This festival gets celebrated two days after Diwali.
The sister decorates a thali with mithais, batasha, roli and rice around the coconut. A lamp is lit and after a small prayer, the sister applies the Teeka in the forehead of her brother. Then she gives offers the sweets to him.
Married women who live nearby visit the home of her parents early in the morning to greet her brothers. And those who live farther even take a few days to visit their brothers. Or express their love, blessings and send them your good wishes through mail. After the rituals, the brothers give gifts to their sisters like clothes.
The festival predates Rakshabandhan. Bhai Dooj brings together brothers and sisters separated by distance and social obligations. The tilak applied on the forehead of a brother is the main meaning of the festival, apart from gifts and sweets.