Bhaitika observed across the nation (in photos)

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Oct 21, 2017-

The five-day-long Tihar festival came to an end after the observance of Bhaitika on Saturday.

As an important part of the festival, sisters offered 'Tika' to their brothers wishing them happiness, long life and prosperity on the occasion of Bhaitika.

The National Calendar Determination Committee has said the auspicious hour for offering the Tika is at 11:51 am but can also be held throughout the day.

On this day of the Tihar festival, brothers who have sisters are seated at a specially anointed place around which a trail of mustard oil is drawn. The sisters then offer the brothers Tika and garlands of 'Dubo' and 'Makhamali'.

The occasion commemorates a legendary event in which a sister won a boon from "Yama", the deity of death that her brother would not die until the mustard oil dried up and the garland of 'Dubo' and 'Makhamali' faded.

After placing colourful Tika on the foreheads of their brothers, sisters offer them a treat consisting varieties of sweets, walnut, spices and 'Sel', a special kind of bread cooked in oil or ghee.

Brothers also offer their sisters Tika in return, wish them happiness and good luck, and give them presents.

The Bhaitika tradition is so strong in Nepali society that even those who have no brothers or sisters of their own receive Tika from others whom they regard as brothers and sisters.

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Published: 21-10-2017 07:43

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