Bhaitika being celebrated today, auspicious time at 11:02 am

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Kathmandu: The main and final day of Tihar festival, bhaitika, is being celebrated with sisters offering ‘tika’ to their brothers on Saturday.

On the day, sisters offer tika and garlands of makhamali (globe amaranth) and sayapatri (marigold) flowers to their brothers wishing them happiness, long life and prosperity.

They also offer them sweets, dry nuts and selroti, a traditional homemade ring-shaped sweet rice bread.

The auspicious hour for offering ‘tika’ on the main day of Tihar Festival, Bhai Tika, is 11:02 am. However, it can be held throughout the day, said Chairperson of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, Shree Krishna Adhikari.

Tihar is also known as the festival of lights. During the festival, people decorate their houses with colorful lights, flowers and oil lamps. They celebrate the festival by eating various delicacies, including sweets and sel roti.

Organizing deusi-bhailo and worshipping various animals and birds are significant aspects of this festival