There is no doubt that dogs truly are man’s best friend. They enrich our lives in numerous ways. People all over the globe can’t imagine life without them and honor them in various ways. For example, in Nepal they celebrate the fantastic bond we show our dogs with an annual festival.
This Day of the Dogs festival is dedicated to saying thanks to and honoring canines for their loyalty and friendship. It is also called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs).
It takes place during a time called “biwali,” which is during the Hindu festival of lights held during October– November. This time is connected with Lakshmi, the goddess of success and marks the fiscal brand-new year in India. The Diwali likewise symbolizes success of light over darkness, great over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
At the festival, the dogs are blessed with a “Tika,” a red mark applied to their forehead. They are also provided flower garlands and offered food as part of the celebration.
Because the Hindus believe that canine is the messenger of Yamaraj, the God of fatality, they believe that by keeping the dogs in good humor they will certainly be able to appease Yamaraj.
All dogs are welcomed and honored at the special festival. Pets as well as stray dogs, and cats are treated like royalty. They are fed meat, eggs, milk, and high quality dog food.
It’s a gorgeous season in Nepal where the city is filled with lights and the people clean their houses and yards. They pray to Laxmi, the Goddess of Riches, advising her to visit their residences and bless them.
In the pictures, the animals certainly look happy and content to be the center of attention, however, we believe everyday must be the day of the dogs.
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