India is a rich cultural country, every month, a different festival takes place that teaches us about India’s traditional history, now next big occasion is Holi and Holi Bhai Dooj.
Holi Bhai Dooj is as similar to Diwali Bhai Dooj and Raksha Bandhan. This is celebrated the next day of Holi or second day of Choti Holi or Holika Dahan. It is a significant Hindu festival that celebrates the bond of love and care between brothers and sisters.
According to the Purnimant Calendar, it takes place on the Dwithiya Tithi of Chaitra, Krishna Paksha, but according to the Amavasyant Calendar, it is celebrated in Phalguna Month on Dwitiya Tithi, Krishna Paksha.
Holi Bhai Dooj History & Significance
Holi Bhai Dooj has been celebrated in India since ancient times, with many stories told by scholars and mythology about when and why Holi Bhai Dooj is celebrated.
The most popular story for Holi Bhai Dooj is Yam and Yami, both the children of the Sun. Once, Yam decided to surprise his sister Yami on the day of Dwitiya Tithi. Yami cooked the food and applied a tilak on Yam’s forehead after the meal. Then Yam asked for a boom for her and Yami asked to visit her every year on this day.
Another story is that of Shri Krishna meeting with his sister Subhadra after defecating a devil named Narakasura. There are several stories are being told about this festival.
Bhai Dooj shows the bond of love and care between brother and sister, the sister performs aarti and tilak for her brother’s long life and wealth, and the brother makes promises with gifts.
Holi Bhai Dooj 2023 Date & Time
Every year, Holi Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the next day or the second day of Holi. This year, Holi took place from 17–18 March, and Holi Bhai Dooj falls this year on Sunday, March 20, 2023.
Dwitya Tithi starts at 10:12 PM on March 8, 2023.
Dwitiya Tithi ends at 10:24 PM on March 9, 2023.