Kolkata: Though cloudy sky and drizzle tried to mar the Bhai Dooj, the festival of Bhai dooj is being celebrated on Saturday across West Bengal. The festival is celebrated on the fifth day of Diwali, to mark the strong relationship between brothers and sisters.
The auspicious occasion, which marks the end of the five day long Diwali festival, is celebrated majorly in West Bengal. Known as Bhai Phota, the day typically starts with sisters fasting for their brothers, breaking it only after applying a tika of sandalwood, kohl and curd to their brothers. After the short rituals, follows the gala feast. Sumptuous meals are organized in the honour of the brother and the entire family, including the extended one.
While Rakhi is all about protecting your sister, Bhai Dooj is about praying for your brother’s life.