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Bhai Dooj 2023

Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj is observed on the second day after Diwali celebrations. This day commemorates the sacred relationship shared between a brother and sister. Sisters apply tilak on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their prosperity and longevity.

According to Vikram Samvat calendar, Bhai Dooj is observed on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha. In 2023, Bhai Dooj will be celebrated on 14th November (Tuesday).

Bhai Dooj History and Significance

Bhai Dooj 2022 | History and Significance

Bhai Dooj 2023 | History and Significance

Although, there are no texts stating the official tale related to the origin of Bhai Dooj. However, it is believed that after killing demon Narakasura on the day which is now celebrated as Diwali, Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who welcomed him by applying a tilak on his forehead. And since then, this day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj.

Another folklore states that on this day the lord of death, Yamaraja visited his sister, Yami who welcomed him with flowers, sweets and applied tilak on his forehead. In return, the lord of death presented her with a gift which reflected his affection for her.

Bhai Dooj Celebrations across India

Bhai Dooj 2020 | Bhai Dooj Celebration

Bhai Dooj 2023 | Bhai Dooj Celebration

Bhai Dooj (Northern India), Bhau Beej (in Maharashtra & Gujarat) or Bhai Phonta (Bengal) is similar to Raksha Bandhan. On this day, Indian women pray for the long life and happiness of their brothers. Sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers while praying for their well-being. And in return, men give gifts to their sisters and take a vow of protecting them.

Best Places to Observe Bhai Dooj Celebrations in India

Other Holidays in November 2023

Event / Festival Day / Date Holiday Type
Diwali Sun 12-Nov-2023 Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Mon 13-Nov-2023 Restricted Holiday
Chhath Puja Sun 19-Nov-2023 Restricted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Mon 27-Nov-2023 Gazetted Holiday

Year-Wise Bhai Dooj Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Fri 13-Nov Bhai Dooj
2016 Tue 1-Nov Bhai Dooj
2017 Sat 21-Oct Bhai Dooj
2018 Fri 9-Nov Bhai Dooj
2019 Tue 29-Oct Bhai Dooj
2020 Mon 16-Nov Bhai Dooj
2021 Sat 6-Nov Bhai Dooj
2022 Wed 26-Oct Bhai Dooj
2023 Tue 14-Nov Bhai Dooj
2024 Sun 3-Nov Bhai Dooj
2025 Thur 23-Oct Bhai Dooj
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