14 Nov Bhai Dooj 2023: How to Make it Special for Senior Citizens
Bhai Dooj, known as Bhai Phota in Bengal, is more than a festival; it’s a heartfelt celebration of the enduring connection between brothers and sisters. This revered Hindu tradition, falling just two days after the exuberant Diwali celebrations, weaves its cultural and emotional threads throughout the diverse landscapes of India. The term ‘Bhai’ denotes brother, and ‘Dooj’ refers to the second day after the new moon, which perfectly encapsulates the essence of this joyous occasion.
On this auspicious day, sisters engage in time-honored rituals, from the heartfelt performance of aarti to the application of vermilion (tilak) on their brothers’ foreheads. The ceremonial tying of a protective thread symbolizes not just the sanctity of the sibling bond but also conveys the sister’s heartfelt prayers for the well-being and prosperity of her brother.
Bhai Phota celebrations in Kolkata, marked by tilak applications and the resonating sound of conch shells, bring families together. The Bengali traditional spread delicacies, like Luchi and Aloo’r Dum makes the festivity more flavourful. The festival has evolved over time, with some embracing the practice of observing it with grandchildren, treating them as brother or sister equivalents.
In our rapidly changing world, where societal norms and dynamics shift, the significance of festivities takes on new dimensions. There’s a growing recognition of the importance of ensuring that the elderly feel included and cherished during such celebrations. As gender stereotypes evolve, especially among older members of the Bengali community, the tradition of celebrating Bhai Dooj with grandchildren as brother or sister equivalents has emerged.
In this context, the responsibility falls on the younger generation to not only observe and uphold traditions but also to make festivities special for the elderly. Festivals are moments of joy, togetherness, and shared memories, and it’s crucial to extend these sentiments to the elderly members of our families. These occasions offer an opportunity to bridge generational gaps, create cherished memories, and reinforce the bonds that tie families together.
At TriBeCa Care, we recognize the profound significance of such occasions for the elderly individuals we care about. The festival becomes a reminder of the importance of family and traditions, especially for those who may be feeling isolated or lonely. Our commitment extends beyond providing emergency services and care managers; we strive to ensure that the elderly experience the warmth and joy of festivities, even in the midst of our fast-paced lives.
Making the elderly feel special during festivities is not just a gesture; it’s a recognition of their wisdom, their role in shaping family narratives, and their continued importance in our lives. It’s an acknowledgment that traditions are a bridge between generations, and by including the elderly in our celebrations, we enrich the fabric of our families and communities.