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‘Bhai Phota’, as it is known in West Bengal among Bengalis, in other parts of India is known by different names: 'Bhai Bij', 'Bhau-beej' or 'Bhav Bij' in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka respectively.
'Bhai Dooj', 'Bhathru Dwithiya', 'Bhai Tika' and 'Bhatri Ditya' are the other names by which this festival is celebrated in this culturally diverse nation.
It cherishes the bond between brothers and sisters.
The day is marked by Hindus on the last day of the five-day-long Diwali festival.
On this day, sisters pray for their brothers' long lives and prosperity as they put a 'Tika' (mark) on the forehead of their brothers who if elder in turn present special gifts to their sisters.
Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee tweeted: "Celebrating bhaifota with my lovely sisters."