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Celebrated by Hindus all over the country, Bhai Dooj is dedicated to the bond between a brother and a sister. It is generally celebrated two days after Diwali. On this festive day, women pray for the longevity of their brothers. They invite them into their houses, put on the customary tika on their foreheads and feed them sweets. In return, the brothers present them with gifts. 
The festival of Bhai Dooj is known by different names across India. In Gujarati, Konkani and Marathi-speaking communities, it is recognised as Bhau Beej, while Bengalis call it Bhai Phota. In Nepal, it is celebrated as Bhai Teeka.
Why is it celebrated?
As per mythology, once Yamraj, the god of death, visited Yami (or Yamuna), his sister, on Bhai Dooj. Yami welcomed him, applied tika on his forehead, and fed him delicious sweets. Yamraj was moved by her devotion and gave her a present that was a symbol of his love towards her. He also declared that any brother who was welcomed by his sister the way Yamraj had been, would never have to be afraid of death. Owing to this story, the festival is celebrated as Yama Dwitiya in several parts of the country.
Another legend has it that after Lord Krishna returned from killing demon king Narakasur, his sister Subhadra welcomed him with aarti (a holy fire ritual), tilak, flowers and sweets. And that is why Bhai Dooj is celebrated.