Bhai Tika, also known as Bhai Tihar, is the last festival during Diwali or Tihar in Nepal and some North Eastern places of India. In 2017, Bhai Tika date is October 21.
In Nepal, Diwali is also called as Tihar or Panchak Yama.
Bhai Tika represents the great bond of love and affection between brothers and sisters. Lord Yama is also worshipped on this day.
Sisters apply Tilak or tika to their brothers for their happy and long lasting life. Sisters worship Yama to give their brothers longer life.
People of Nepal believe that Bhai Tika, the tilak drawn by the sister on her brothers forehead protects his life from the clutches of Yamaraj, God of death. In Indian states, Bhai Tika is observed with many other names.
In Bengal, this day is referred as Bhai Phota. In Gujarat and all other North Indian states, this festival is observed as Bhai Dooj or Bhaubeej. It is also known as Bhatru Dwitiya or Bhayya Dhooj.
It is also celebrated as Yama Dwitiya in some South Indian states. In Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Sadar Buffalo festival is celebrated on Bhai Tika day.