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Happy Bhai Dooj!
Happy Bhai Dooj!

The five-day celebrations of Diwali which began on Dhanteras come to an end with Bhai Dooj. Although like the festival of Raksha Bandhan, Bhai Dooj also celebrates the bond between a brother and sister, but no thread is tied on hands. Sisters pray for their brother’s long life and brothers vow to protect their sisters.

Celebrated on the second day after the new moon or Shukla Paksha, Bhai Dooj or Bhathru Dwithiya refers to the second or ‘dooj’ or ‘dwithiya’ day.

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Sisters perform the ceremony by putting an auspicious Tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and conduct an Aarti of as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. In return, sisters get gifts and blessings from their brothers. Tilak ceremony often varies according to region.

Although the Tilak ceremony can take place any time during the day, certain timings are considered specially auspicious.

Here are the auspicious timings for Bhai Dooj 2016

In Delhi and Gurgaon: 1:09 pm to 3:20 pm

In Mumbai: 1:29 pm to 3:45 pm

In Allahabad: 12:52 pm to 3:04 pm

In Kolkata: 12:26 pm to 02:41 pm

In Patna: 12:39 pm to 2:51 pm