Bhai Dooj 2021 (भैया दूज 2021)

Bhai Dooj, a Hindu festival is celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar. Also known as ‘Bhai Phonta’, ‘Bhai Tika’, ‘Bhau Beej’, and ‘Yamadvitiya’, the festival is celebrated in the country during Diwali with a lot of enthusiasm and spirit. In 2021, the festival is scheduled to be celebrated on 6th November.

When is Bhai Phonta Celebrated in 2021 (कब है भाई दूज )

Date Day Festival Name
6 November 2021 Saturday Bhai Dooj

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The celebration of ‘Bhai Phonta’ is similar to the festival of Raksha Bandhan. The brothers are invited for a lavish meals by the sisters. The festival signifies a brother’s vow to protect his sister from any harm whereas the sister prays for the welfare for her brother.

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Rituals and traditions of the festival

The festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated across the country in a traditional way. On the occasion, sisters make a seat for their brothers using rice flour. Once the brother sits on the seat, a paste of vermillion, dahi and rice is applied on the forehead of the brothers as a religious tika. Thereafter, the sister place a flower of Kaddu, betel leaves, betel nuts and coins in the palms of the brother and pour water on it while chanting mantras. Once this is done, a Kalawa is tied on the wrist of the brother and the aarti is performed. The next ritual is to exchange gifts among each and take the blessings of the elders.

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Celebration of Bhai Dooj for the next 3 years

Year Date Day
2022 26 October Wednesday
2023 14 November Tuesday
2024 3 November Sunday

Celebration of Bhai Dooj in different states

Given the fact that the festival is celebrated throughout the country, there are slight variations in the celebration of Bhai Dooj. Listed below are the celebration of the festival in some states of the country. Read on to know more:

  • In Maharashtra – In the state, the festival is known as ‘Bhav Bij’. As part of the sibling celebration, brothers are made to sit on the floor where sisters draw a square and consume a bitter fruit known as Karith. Thereafter, sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers and perform the aarti and offer prayers for the welfare of the siling.
  • In West Bengal – In West Bengal, the festival is known as ‘Bhai Phonta’. The festival includes a number of rituals. On the day, sisters observe a fast until the ceremony is completed. Sisters apply a tilak of the forehead of her brothers that is made of sandalwood, kajal and ghee before offering prayers for the well-being. A grand feast is organised on the occasion.
  • In Bihar – The celebration of Bhai Dooj in Bihar is quite different than in other parts of the country. Here, sisters hurl curses and abuses for their brothers on the occasion before pricking their tongues as a punishment and asking for forgiveness. In return, brothers bless them and offer them gifts.

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News About Bhai Dooj

  • 16 November declared as a public holiday on account of Bhai Dooj in Assam

    The State government in Assam has declared 16 November as a state holiday on the account of Bhai Dooj for the Gorkha community. This day has been added as a state holiday as it was not present in the list of holidays initially decided by the government.

    There have been no health protocols which have been imposed on Kali Puja unlike the festival of Durga Puja. Various state governments have banned or restricted the use of fireworks. However, Assam has not taken a call on this issue. However, the general COVID-19 protocols such as wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing, etc. will be in place.

    12 November 2020

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