Bhai Dooj also known as Bhau Beej, Bhai Phota, Bhai Tika is the fifth and the last of the the Diwali Festival. This day celebrates the relationship between a brother and a sister.
It is celebrated on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha (Bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartika. The celebrations of the day are similar to that of Raksha Bandhan.
On this day sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing the Tika ceremony, and brothers give gifts to their sisters express love and affection for each other.
The festival is also known as Yama Dwitiya according to one of the legends which says that once Yamraj, the God of Death visited his sister Yami on this particular day. She put the tilak on his forehead, garlanded him and fed him with special dishes and both of them ate the sweets, talked and enjoyed the whole day. While returning Yamraj gave her a special gift as a token of his love and in return Yami also gave him a lovely gift which she had made with her own hands. That day Yamraj announced that anyone who receives tilak from his sister will never be thrown. Since then this day is also known by the name of Yama Dwitiya
In short, Bhai Dooj is a time for family reunions as all brothers and sisters in the family get together. Close relatives and friends are also invited to celebrate the day.
In 2017, Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on Saturday, 21st October 2017.
Day 1 : Dhanteras (also known as Dhanatrayodashi)
Day 2 : Choti Diwali (also known as Naraka Chaturdashi / Kali Chaudas)
Day 3 : Diwali or Lakshmi Puja
Day 4 : Padwa (also Celebrated Bali Pratipada and Govardhan Puja)
Day 5 : Bhaiduj or Bhaubeej (also known as Yama Dwitiya)