Nepal is celebrating Bhai Tika, the fifth and final day of Tihar. The annual rituals special for brothers and sisters. All sisters pray their Brother for health and long life. This day brothers and sisters meet even they live far distance to celebrate this festival together which is very unique vital for the love and affection among brother and sisters.
Bhai Tika Tradition
On the occasion of Bhai tika, sisters make their brothers sit in a special place bordered with mustard oil. They then adorn their brothers’ foreheads with colorful tika and put them garlands made of Dubo (a grass variant) and Makhlami flower (globe amarnath).
Following this ritual, sisters offer the traditional Bhai tika treats including sweets, walnuts, spices and sel roti, a traditional Nepali food made from rice flour.
Brothers also put tika their sisters and wish them happiness & good luck. After this, they give them presents.
Folklore Behind Bhai Tika
According to the legend, a sister wins a boon from ‘Yama’, the God of Death, wherein her brother would not die until the mustard oil dried up and the garland of Dubo and Makhlami shriveled.
Sisters put these garlands on brothers to ensure their long life just like the long life span of the elements in the garland. They are also signify the unending bond of a brother and sister.