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India celebrates Bhai Dooj today

India celebrates Bhai Dooj today

India Blooms News Service | | 25 Oct 2014, 12:50 pm
Kolkata, Oct 25 (IBNS): People across the nation on Saturday indulged in the celebration of the Hindu festival of Bhai Fota or Bhai Dooj (Brother's Day) that cherishes the bond between brothers and sisters.
The day is marked by Hindus on the last day of the five-day-long Diwali festival.
On this day, sisters pray for their brothers' long life and prosperity as they put a 'Tika' (mark) on the forehead of their brothers who if elder in turn present special gifts to their sisters. 
‘Bhai Fota’, as it is known in West Bengal among Bengalis, in other parts of India is known by different names: 'Bhai Bij', 'Bhau-beej' or 'Bhav Bij' in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka respectively.
'Bhai Dooj', 'Bhathru Dwithiya', 'Bhai Tika' and 'Bhatri Ditya' are the other names by which this festival is celebrated in this culturally diverse nation.
Like all other Hindu festivals, food need a special mention in this festival as sisters prepare lip-smacking dishes for their brothers on this day.