DIWALI BHAI DOOJ, 9 NOVEMBER 2018
Diwali Bhai Dooj, 9 November 2018
Diwali Bhai Dooj is a Hindu one-day event that is part of the 5-day Diwali festivity. Bhai Dooj takes place on the final 5th day of the festivity, as indicated below. However, similar Bhai Dooj is also celebrated after the festival Holi. Bhai Dooj celebration is quite similar to Raksha Bandhan aka Rakhi. Bhai Dooj marks the bonding, sacred relationship, care, and honor between brother-sister. Bhai Dooj is celebrated in India and Nepal. Bhai Dooj is also called Bhaiya Dooj and Bhathru Dwithiya.
On Bhai Dooj, sisters wish well for the prosperity, good health, long life, etc of their respective brothers. Many females pray to God to this effect and that the girls remain blessed with the care and protection of their brothers. The sisters seek their brothers to protect them in the event of any need, troubles, etc. Bhai Dooj marks the affection between brothers and sisters. On the occasion of Bhai Dooj, many brothers and sisters exchange gifts and sweets. As a custom, the sisters do a little Puja, prayer ceremony and some apply Tilak, mark on the forehead of the brother.
The entire festivity dates for 2018 are—
Day 1: 5th of November, Monday – Dhanteras
Day 2: 6th of November, Tuesday – Chhoti Diwali
Day 3: 7th of November, Wednesday – Main Diwali
Day 4: 8th of November, Thursday – Govardhan Puja
Day 5: 9th of November, Friday – Bhai Dooj
In the modern-day, many sellers, e-commerce sites, markets, etc come out with special offers-discounts on products and services. There are sweets all over the marketplace. Families, sisters, brothers, friends, neighbors, etc extend invitations for meals, gatherings, etc. Some females whose brothers cannot make it for the event, for any reason like staying far away, work other commitments, etc, the sisters look up to the moon god for the occasion and perform prayers. Sisters and families prepare special dishes and sweets.
A Mantra for Lord Chandra is—
Om Som Somaya Namah
ॐ सोम सोमाय नमः
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