The annual dog day festival is a beautiful thing
It is a week filled with adoration and love, with a day specially dedicated to dogs and their celebration by a community.
The Nepalese Kukur Tihar festival started on November 3 and will last until November 7 and during this time the dogs are worshiped, bathed and decorated with red tilaka.
They have flower garlands draped around their necks and are offered tasty food including meat, milk, eggs, and dog food.
And the celebration isn’t just for family dogs, working police dogs, security guards, and stray and stray dogs are also honored.
Kukur Tihar celebrates the relationship between dogs and humans and Hindus believe it is a sin to disrespect a dog during the festival.
Why is Kukur Tihar celebrated?
Hindus believe that the dog is the messenger of Yamaraj – the god of death.
By keeping dogs healthy and giving them loving attention, they will be able to appease Yamaraj.
All dogs are blessed with the tilaka, a red mark applied to their forehead and an important part of Hinduism.
What day is Kukur Tihar?
There are five days during Tihar, and they don’t all celebrate that dogs.
The first day is dedicated to the celebration of the crows and ravens, which are said to be the messengers of the god of death Yamarag.
The second day is dedicated to dogs and took place on November 3 of this year, it is usually celebrated around October or November of each year.
The third day focuses on the sacred cow and the fourth day is devoted to the worship of the ox.
The fifth and final day is dedicated to mutual worship and making a special bond.