Yama Dwitiya is observed on the first day of the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in Kartik month and is one of the last celebrations during Diwali. Yama Dwitiya 2017 date is October 21. Yam Dvitiya is associated with Lord Yama, the Hindu god of Death, visiting his sister Yami and is a symbol of love between brothers and sisters.
Yama Dwitiya is also known as Bhai Dhooj or Bhau Bij or Bhai Beej and Bhai Teeka.
Legend has it that Lord Yama, the Hindu God of Death, visited his sister, Yami, on the first day of the Shukla Paksha in Kartik month after Diwali.
Yami welcomed her brother with garlands and by applying the auspicious tilak or Tika on his forehead. Then the brother and sister exchanged gifts. Yami also served Yamraj his favorite dishes. They also exchanged gifts.
Yamraj who was overwhelmed by the love of his sister is believed to have said to Yami that who receives Tilak or Tika from his sister will have to never suffer hell.
Since then Yama Dwitiya is observed as a symbol of love between brothers and sisters.