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Celebrating Sibling Bonds: PM Modi Extends Warm Bhai Dooj Greetings

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As the nation basks in the festive spirit of Bhai Dooj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended heartfelt greetings to the people, emphasizing the sacred and cherished relationship between brothers and sisters. In a social media post, the Prime Minister conveyed his warmest wishes to families across the country on this auspicious occasion.

“Bhai Dooj is a symbol of a brother-sister relationship. My heartiest greetings to your family members across the country on this auspicious occasion” shared Prime Minister Modi.

Bhai Dooj, also known as Bhai Tika, Bhaubeej, Bhai Phonta, or Bhratri Dwitiya, holds a special place in the Hindu calendar, celebrated on the second lunar day of the Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of Kartika. Falling during the Diwali or Tihar festival and Holi festival, Bhai Dooj mirrors the sentiments of Raksha Bandhan, celebrating the unbreakable bond between siblings.

The festivities vary across regions, with Southern India observing the day as Yama Dwitiya. In the Kayastha community, two Bhai Doojs are celebrated, the more widely known one occurring on the second day after Diwali. However, a lesser-known celebration takes place a day or two after Diwali. In Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, a unique ritual involves using a dry coconut, named “gola” in the regional language, with klewa tied along its width during the aarti ceremony for the brother.

“Bhai Dooj in Bengal is celebrated as Bhai Phota, occurring one day after Kali Puja, adding a regional touch to the festivities. The essence of the celebrations remains consistent throughout, as brothers and sisters come together to reaffirm their love and commitment to one another”.

Prime Minister Modi’s warm wishes resonate with the spirit of togetherness that defines Bhai Dooj, emphasizing the importance of family bonds and shared traditions. As the festival brings joy and affection into homes across the country, the Prime Minister’s message reflects the collective celebration of this special occasion and the enduring significance of the sibling relationship in Indian culture.

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