Bhai Dooj is a holiday dedicated to brothers and sisters, celebrated on November 16th, 2022. It is a day where relatives come together to pray for the life of their loved ones.
The phrase ‘Bhai’ means ‘brother’ in Indian and ‘Duj’ means ‘second day after the full moon’. The holiday originates from sacred scriptures which tell an unusual story of two twins. This story speaks of the family of the Sun God who had a boy and a girl as children. Tragically, the mother of the two children left, and a stepmother came to raise them, but did not show them much love. Eventually, the two were separated, but their connection remained, and a few years later they were reunited, and this reunion came to be celebrated by modern Indians as a holiday of brothers and sisters.
- Women without brothers worship the God of the Moon.
- Brothers and sisters put a sacred tika (red dot) on each other’s foreheads.
- Sisters prepare treats and gifts.
- The ceremony is attended by children over 5 years old.
How to take part
Bhai Dooj consists of many rituals. Women will set a magnificent table with sweets and delicious food, and brothers will prepare memorable gifts as a token of love. The festival is an opportunity to come together and express love and gratitude, and to pray for one another’s well-being. The whole family, from different generations, is invited to take part in the celebrations.
When is Bhai Dooj celebrated in 2023?
Bhai Dooj is observed on November 16 each year.