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Nepal celebrates bond between siblings with Bhai Tika

The festival of Bhai Tika, marking the bond between brothers and sisters, was celebrated in Nepal on Friday.Concluding the five-day festival of Tihar, Bhai Tika sees sisters praying for their brothers long life in a tradition which is believed to strengthen the bond between the siblings.During the celebrations, the sister draws a circle around her brother using oil and Dubo (a type of grass) which is believed to protect him from Yamaraj, the Hindu Lord of death.Following this, customs call for the exchange of a seven-coloured tika and a marigold or globe amaranth garland called Makhamali between the sister and brother. The sister also offers sweets, walnuts, and Sel, a special deep-fried cake made of rice flour to the brother. The brother reciprocates the love by giving gifts and money to the sister. The sisters pray for the long and healthy life of their brothers during the festival, while expecting the support of the brothers during the time of pain, sorrow, and happiness. They ..

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