According to legends, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra after emerging victorious by killing the demon, Narakasura. She gave him a warm welcome with sweets and flowers and by putting a ’tilaka’ on his forehead. This is said to be the story from where the festival originated.
Another legend tells the story of Yama, the god of death, who visited his sister, Yamuna, on Dwitheya, the second day after the new moon and, she welcomed him with garlands and tilak.
However, no matter what the story is, Bhai Dooj is a festival celebrating the eternal bond and love of siblings.
Prepping for Bhai Dooj
According to traditional rituals, the sister applies a paste of vermillion, Dahi and rice as a tika on the brother’s forehead. A Kalawa is tied onto the hands and the aarti is performed by the sister. After which she offers some sweets to the brother, and there is an exchange of gifts between them. However, there might be variations across states in the rituals of the festival.
Celebrations at Home
Most of the siblings will be spending this Bhai Dooj confined within homes, but the fun can still prevail. We present a few celebration ideas for you to try with your siblings and create memories for a lifetime.
1. Treat your brother
While you may normally not cook for your sibling, this Bhai Dooj surprise him with his favourite dishes prepared by you, and you might not be the best chef in the house, but small gestures like these give you a chance to bond over and laugh at all your favourite memories over the dinner table.
2. Movie Night
Grab those snacks, sprawl over the couch and get ready for movie time. Watch a new release or watch your favourite film for the 100th time, the choice is yours. Take a trip down memory lane and cry and laugh at the same moments all over again.
3. DIY Photo collage
Sit together and go through the old photo albums, select your favourite pictures and make a collage out of them. Get creative, choose some fun colours for the background, you can also get the collage framed and hang it in whichever corner of the house you like. This activity will surely give you a chance to bring out your artistic pursuits and will bring a wide smile across your face.
4. A festive photoshoot
Redecorate your room and do a photoshoot. In case you are looking for pose inspiration, look at your childhood pictures and recreate them. This will add an altogether fun element as you revisit old times.
5. Game night
Get those board games out, play cards, dumb charades, or even some outdoor games, whatever you feel like. Bhai Dooj is all about spending quality time with your siblings, and what better way than being a child and living those moments all over again.