Women across all age groups celebrated ‘Bhai Juintia’ on Monday. Coinciding with Astami celebrations, sisters fasted for 24 hours to pray for the long lives of their brothers.
Traditionally, a group of women gather at an open space in their localities and perform the puja associated with worship Goddess Durga. A bunch of druba (grass) wrapped up in freshly plucked sal leaf are prepared for each brother and Goddess as well. Besides druba, each bundle consists of 108 unbroken arua rice (non-boiled rice) and tied up with a colourful juintia (sacred thread). The sisters dressed up in new attire offer all these bundles along with homemade prasad like jugar (made of puffed rice), puri (made of flour) and tikhri (made of mung dal) and varieties of fruits to the Goddess.