On the occasion of Bhai Dooj, people across the country celebrate their siblings, performing a ceremony, exchanging gifts and more. Celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar, the occasion comes during the Diwali festival. This year, it is being celebrated on November 16.
While the dwitiya tithi for the festival this year starts at 7:06 am on November 16 and continues until 3:56 am on November 17, there is a smaller window of time for the teeka ceremony. This shubh muhurat extends from 1.10 pm to 3.18 pm on Monday. It is within this window of time that sisters must perform the relevant rituals.
As per the information given on the Drik Panchang website:
Marking the occasion, Prime Minister Modi had taken to Twitter earlier on Monday with a greeting. "Best wishes to all of you on the holy occasion of Bhai Dooj," PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.
Similar sentiments were echoed by many other political leaders and other celebrities.
On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing Tika ceremony and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.
Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej and Bhathru Dwithiya. As per Hindu traditions. it is believed that Goddess Yamuna fed her brother Yamraj on Kartik Dwitiya at her own home. Since then this day is known as Yama Dwitiya.