Friday, August 31, 2007


Occasion : Brother-Sister Occasion
Falls on : The Fifth day of diwali
Special sweet : Basundi poori or Shrikhand poori

Dhanatrayodashi, Narakchaturdashi, Amavasya (Laxmi Pujan), Balipratipada and Yamadvitiya (Bhaubeej) are the five days which comprise Diwali, and each day has a peculiar religious significance.

On the last day is Bhaubeej, a traditional brother-sister occasion. Sisters invite their brothers for a meal. They perform an aarti and pray to the Lord for the well-being of their brother, who is their Protector. In return, the brother bestows the sister with gifts. Those who do not have a brother perform a sort of puja to the Moon-God. The Bhau-beej puja is performed in any case. Basundi-poori or shrikhand poori is the special sweet prepared for the occasion. '.

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