Why Do We Celebrate Bhai Dooj But Ridicule Karva Chauth?

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Why Do We Celebrate Bhai Dooj But Ridicule Karva Chauth?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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hai Dooj was fairly uncomplicated in my childhood. Brothers were special, and you prayed for their long life by putting a tilak on their forehead so that they always loved and protected you. If there was a competition based on who protected a woman the best, a brother would be in the third runner-up position, right after the father and husband. It wasn’t that long ago when it was the duty of the brother to man up and step into the role of security guard, driver, and banker if the other two options weren’t available. Most women thought nothing about being coddled by this holy trinity of father-husband-brother like a piece of fragile, expensive crockery that needed delicate handling.

When a woman is not praying for the long life of her husband, she is probably praying for the long life of her brother, even if the brother in question is a scrawny five-year-old with two missing front teeth.

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