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Bhai Duj in India

Bhai Duj (Bhau beej, Bhai Dooj, Bhai Bij, Bhaubeej, Bhav Bij, Bhai phota, Bhaiya Dooj) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the affection between a brother and a sister on the second day after the new moon in the Hindu month of Kartika (October/November). It falls on the fifth and/or last day of the five-day-long Diwali festival.

Is Bhai Duj a Public Holiday?

Bhai Duj is an optional holiday. Employment and holiday laws in India allow employees to choose a limited number of holidays from a list of optional holidays. Some employees may choose to take the day off on this day, however, most offices and businesses remain open.

Brother and sister

Bhai Duj celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters.

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About Bhai Duj

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Bhai Duj Observances

Holiday currently only shown for years 2015–2021.

Note: Individuals can take a limited number of restricted holidays but government offices and most businesses remain open. This system gives individuals the flexibility to take time off to celebrate a holiday within India's vast religious and cultural society.

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriNov 13Bhai DujRestricted Holiday
2016TueNov 1Bhai DujRestricted Holiday
2017SatOct 21Bhai DujRestricted Holiday
2018FriNov 9Bhai DujRestricted Holiday
2019TueOct 29Bhai DujRestricted Holiday
2020MonNov 16Bhai DujRestricted Holiday
2021SatNov 6Bhai DujRestricted Holiday

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