In the states of Haryana and Maharashtra, Bhai Phota or Bhau-beej is observed with great enthusiasm by the women who do not have brothers also. Such women worship the moon god considering it as their brother instead. And, so do the sisters, whose brothers live far away from them. They too send their sincerest prayers for a long and happy life of their brothers through the moon god. In Haryana, it is celebrated with ceremonious splendor along with a grand feast with many dishes for the brothers.
In Haryana, the festival also works as an occasion for family re-unions since brothers and sisters in the family get together to celebrate the festival.
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