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Diwali is the most widely celebrated festival in India. The word ‘Diwali’ is originated from ‘Deepavali’ which is Sanskrit for ‘rows of lamps or lights’.
Diwali festival lasts for five days with the main celebrations happening on the middle, that is, the third day. The details are given below.
- Dhanteras: The Ayurveda Day
- Nark Chaturdashi: Lamp & Ablutions to Keep Death-God Away
- Badi Diwali: Invocations on No-Moon to Lakshmi for Prosperity
- Govardhan: Lifting a Mountain Like a Mole-Hill
- Bhaiya Dooj: Brothers’ Day
The last day of the 5-days-long Diwali festivities is called ‘Bhaiya Dooj’. These are words of the Hindi language and Bhaiya is brother and dooj is second. It falls on the second day of the new fortnight beginning with the no Moon night on Badi Diwali.
Brothers go to their sisters homes. The latter pray for the well being of the former. The earlier festival named ‘Raksha Bandhan’ also celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister. But in that one, brothers reaffirm their commitments to help, support, and protect sisters.
The momentum that built up to the 3rd day still continues. People visit each other with gifts with women wearing finery and men new clothes.
Brothers’ Day Greetings Card
Following greetings card can be downloaded and shared.
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