Bhai Dooj 2016: Bhai Dooj is widely celebrated by Hindus to mark the brother-sister relation, the celebration of this festival is quite similar to Raksha Bandhan. This year India will celebrate this festival on November 1. The reason behind celebrating this festival is mythological.
According to the Hindu Mythology, Yamraj, the God of Death, had visited his sister named Yami (Yamuna) at this day. His sister welcomed him by aarti and tilak ceremony, offered him dishes and sweets.
When it was time for Yama to return he said to his sister, “Dear Varni, you have welcomed me so lovingly. But I did not bring you a gift. Ask, therefore, for something and it will be yours.”
So inreturn Varni asked from him that all brothers should remember their sisters on this day and visit them if they can, and that, on this day, all sisters should pray for the happiness of their brothers. This is how the custom of Bhai-duj, or bhai-phonta, came into practice.
Another myth for celebrating this occassion is that on this day Lord Krishna, after assassinating the Narakasura demon, goes to his sister Subhadra who welcomes him with the lamp, flowers and sweets, and mark his forehead with holy protective spot.
Bhai Duj is celebrated also because on this day Bhagawaan Mahavir found nirvana, his brother Raja Nandivardhan was distressed because he missed him and was comforted by his sister Sudarshana. Since then, women have been revered during this festival.