Bhai Dooj is an important ritual during Diwali and it celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Bhai Dooj 2017 date after Diwali is October 21. The day is also observed as Yama Dvitiya.
On Bhai Dooj day, sisters show affection brothers by applying a Tika or Tilak. Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of death, after being affectionately welcomed by his sister, Yami, had given the boon that those brothers who receive Tika from their sisters will not have the suffer the pains of hell.
Married women visit her brother’s home on this day or both brother and sister assemble in a convenient place or married sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
Usually, the sister brings a couple of puja items in a ‘thaali’ during Bhai Dooj. This involves coconut, batashas, mithai, fruits, seven paans, roli and little rice.
Sister applies a teeka on the brother and gives him a few of the eatables along with a coconut piece.