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Bhaubeej

Bhaubeej/Bhau-Beej (in Marathi) or Bhai-Dooj (in Hindi) is a festival or ceremony performed by Hindus on the second day after the main Diwali celebrations are done. Women and girls ceremonise their love for their brothers by putting an auspicious tilak or a vermillion mark on their brothers' foreheads. Women also bless their younger brothers. They perform an aarti to their brothers to honour them for taking care of them and protecting them, and pray for their well-being. Sisters are lavished with gifts, goodies and blessings (to younger sisters) from their brothers. Bhai-Dooj or Bhau-Beej as it is known, is the fifth day of the Diwali festival, which falls during a new moon. The name Dooj means the second day after the new moon, the day of the festival, and Bhai means brother. This day is special among brothers and sisters and is observed as a symbol of love and affection. The bond between them is strengthened on this day. Bhai-Dooj is also called Yama Dwiteeya as it's believed that on this day, Yamaraj or Yama, the Lord of death and the custodian of Naraka (hell), visits his sister Yami, who puts the auspicious mark on his forehead and prays for his well being. So it's held that anyone who receives a tilak from his sister on this day would never be hurled into hell. Since then, women have been revered during Bhai-Dooj.



 
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