Bhai-Tika / Bhai-Teeka
Bhai tika is the last day of Diwali celebrations in Nepal. It is the most
important day and is also known as Bhai tihar. On this brother and sister
day, sister pray to Yamraja for her brother's long life and prosperity. The
royal astrologer gives the appropriate time to put the tika through the
national radio a day before and the entire nation abides by it. Even his
majesty, the king of Nepal receives tika from is sisters. When his majesty
receives tika a thirty-one-gun salute is given to honor the function. At
this moment the entire nation will be observing Bhai Tika.
Legend holds that when the Kirat king fell ill, Yama sent messages in the
form of dogs and crows. At this time, Bali Hang's sister guarded him by
sending messages that he could take him only after fulfilling certain
conditions; that the god of death should wait till Panchami ie bhai tika.
She also put forth conditions that Yama should not take Bali Hang until the
tika, which she had smeared on his forehead, fades away, the water sprinkled
dries and the makhmali (a kind of flower) flower wilts.
A Mandap is made in the name of her brother, then the sister put Paanch
Rangi Tika (Five colored) -- Yellow, green, red, blue and white color
,offers him Shagun, fruits and sweets and in return the brother gives their
sister gifts or money. The main theme behind bhai tika is the sisters
praying for their brother's long life from Yama Raj, god of the underworld.
Bahula Thrayodasi / Dhantheran
/ Kali Puja
| Divvela Panduga / Divili
| Deva Divali
| Karthigai Deepam
Bandi Chhor Diwas
| Varsha Pratipada/
Bali Padyam / Bali Pratipada
Yamadwitheya / Bhathru Dwithiya
| Bhathru Dwithiya
| Tulsi Vivah