Girl Dots Bhai Phonta To Brick Kiln Boys
Suraj, Rahul, Chandra and around 85 other boys in their ten got a surprised treat from the owner of a brick klin in Nadia’s Krishnanagar, when they received first “Bhai phonta” in their life.
The “Bhai Phonta” ceremony, otherwise known as “Bhai Dooj” mark renewal of bonds of sibling love, when sisters apply ‘Phonta’ or ‘tilak’ on the foreheads of their brothers praying their long life.
These boys who are the sons of the laborers working the brick klin owned by Ashim Saha of Krishnanagar Ghurni arranged the Bhain Phonta for them. Saha’s granddaughter Delvi, a student of class three, applied the holy ‘Tilak’ to around 90 boys in the klin and sweetened their mouth with Laddu. Delvi’s mother Sylvi, daughter of brick klin owner, who is a teacher at a school in Kulgachi said: “For the last few years my daughter attends the klin to give ‘Phonta’ to her grand father. After the event, she used to play with the children of the laborers of her age. They also like her very much. Yesterday when I was preparing for today’s visit for the phonta to grandfather by her, she asked me why she can’t give phonta similarly to the boys there at the klin. I was moved about her desire and told my father to arrange a small programme at the klin and to take phonta along with the children there. Accordingly my father arranged it and my daughter Delvi applied the holy tilak to all the boys and to her grandfather simultaneously”.
Today Delvi dressed in Sari, prayed for the long life of her brothers at the brick kiln and offered them ‘laddu’ after dotting their foreheads with sandalwood paste, vermillion and rice grains. Picture by PRANAB DEBNATH
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