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Nation celebrates Bhai Dooj, PM Modi greets people
Five-day long celebration of Diwali – the festival of lights of Hindus, Jains and Sikhs – culminated with Bhai Dooj.

According to the Hindu calendar, Bhai Dooj falls on the second day after the new moon. This year, the festival fell on October 21. On this day, sisters pray for the long life of their brothers.

This festival is celebrated to strengthen the bond of care and affection between brothers and sisters. On this day sisters wish well their brothers with an auspicious tilak or a vermilion mark on their foreheads and in return sisters receive gifts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people on the occasion of 'Bhai Dooj' in Hindi saying, "Bai Dooj ke paawan avsar par sabhi deshwasion to hardik subh kamanayen!"

In Nepal Bhai Dooj is called Bhai Tika and is widely celebrated by Newari, Tharu, Bahun and Chhetri Hindu communities. The ceremony is done in traditional style, in which sisters perform aarti of their brothers and apply a red tika on the brother's forehead. The tika ceremony signifies the sister's prayers for the long and happy life of her brother. In return, brothers bless their sisters and treat them with gifts.

In Nepal, sisters often put seven-colour long tika on forehead of their brothers and pray her brother's long life and prosperity. Also, gifts are exchanged between brothers and sisters as a token of mutual affection and appreciation.

However, in Haryana, on this day, women who do not have a brother worship the moon god instead and apply mehendi as per their tradition.

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