Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrated all over India to strengthen the bond of brothers and sisters. Being one of the most important festivals, this is celebrated by different names in the different parts of the country. Sisters pray for their brother’s long life and safety exchanging sweets and gifts. However, this is not all. There are some unknown facts you would love to know about Bhai Dooj.

The festival is known by different names in different parts of India. Popular as Bhai Fota in Bengal, Bhai Tika in Nepal, Bhau Beej in Western India and Bhai Dooj in Northern India.

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The auspicious occasion of Bhai Fota originated from many epic stories from the ancient history especially Rig Vedas.

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The occasion started when Yamuna had invited Yama (the God of Death and Yamuna’s brother) to her house since she was eager to see him. Her concern and love made Yama powerful and immortal and ritual started where sisters recite a poem to Yamraj for the safety and long life of their brothers.

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After having slaughtered the demon Narakasura, Shri Krishna visited his sister Subhadra when she tied a holy knot around his forehead and prayed for him. Since then people follow the custom with full faith and sincerity.

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Folklorist and historian Sailendra Haldar says that there are many risks associated with dealing in the field of agriculture and therefore, sisters used to pray for their farmer brother’s well-being, long-life and success.

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Bhai Dooj is celebrated in late autumn on the month of Kartik. It is observed on the second day of the Sukla Paksha.

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In Bengal, Bhai Fota is one of the biggest occasions for delicious sweets and dishes. The king of fish, Hilsa is imported from Bangladesh in order to meet the rising demands. New and innovative sweets are ordered and made for the occasion with the word Bhai Fota written and decorated on it.

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In 2009, Mamata Banerjee, the then Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief of West Bengalskipped a cabinet meeting to celebrate the festival with her family.

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So, brothers and sisters what are you thinking of? Celebrate the love and shower gifts on each other on this auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj. 

Share this with your siblings and all those you care for to feel the joy..!