Bhai Tika

Bhai Tika is the last day of Tihar and is celebrated by having sisters apply tika to brothers’ foreheads. They also exchange gifts. Something that confused me at first was what people did if they didn’t have sisters or brothers. A “sister”/ “brother” does not need to be a blood relative in Nepal. It’s is a close family friend who is like a sister or brother to you. I’ve heard recently that women sometimes perform this ceremony on each other even though it was traditionally for men.