Every year, millions enthusiastically celebrate Diwali, the five-day Hindu festival, with varying traditions. People typically commemorate the festival of lights by igniting candles, cleaning their houses, giving gifts to their friends and family, and creating colorful rangolis (patterned designs) on the floors of their homes. Nepal, however has a unique way of celebrating — by devoting the second day of the festival, called “Kukur Tihar,” to worshipping dogs.
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Yep, you read that right. Worshipping. Dogs.
Why? The day recognizes the connection between humans and dogs in both mythology and reality. During the holiday, dogs are “given food for their honesty,” reports India.com. These food offerings range from meat to eggs to sel roti (a donut-like confection), and the dogs are also draped in flower garlands, regardless of whether or not they’re pets or strays. Now that’s a great way to treat the pup in your life.
Regardless of your religious or spiritual background, it’s hard to deny how sweet this ritual is. If anything can unite us, it’s dogs.
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People have taken to social media to share pics from the festival, which took place earlier this week, and we can’t get enough.
Prepare to get major heart eyes from these adorable photos.
How beautiful is this? Dogs are adorned with garlands and powder/paint during a Nepali festival that thanks dogs for their friendship and loyalty. Who thinks this needs to be a thing in the States? We certainly do! • • • • • • #plumpucci #plumpuccisalon #graham #grahamnc #burlingtonnc #mebane #mebanenc #hawriver #germanshepard #gsd #doggroomer #catgroomer #groomed #mustlovedogs #kukartihar #nepal #prouddogmom #dogsofinstagram #dogsarebetterthanpeople #beautiful #love #instagood #photooftheday
Every dog has its day! On 10/28, join the Rubin Museum at Harvest Fest, an outdoor artisanal market, and honor your dog in a Kukar Tihar ceremony. The second day of the Nepalese festival Tihar, Kukar Tihar celebrates the real and mythological relationships between humans and dogs. Dog owners thank their dogs for serving as guardians of their homes (and hearts) with flower garlands, vermillion paste, and tasty treats.
Moon day is on October 19. It is also the Kukur Tihar festival in Nepal. All dogs are marked with the red tika, symbolizing the dog as a devotee of the righteous path and as an object of devotion. The tika imbues the dog with an air of sacredness and acts as a blessing to those who encounter them during the festival. . #ashtanga #ashtangayoga #ashtangayogavancouver #vancouver #kukurtihar #nepal #mysore #yoga #yogainspiration #yogamotivation #yogaeverydamnday #dog
#kukartihar A beautiful celebration in Nepal of our best friends. China needs to take notice of how much more powerful this act of kindness is compared to their slaughter ritual of our wonderful companions. #kukartihar #alyssawhitegluz #doyle @iansomerhalder @alissawhitegluz #dogs #love #kindness #beautiful #friends #china #notice
Our artisans in Nepal are taking some time off for a special holiday- Diwali, the festival of lights, or "Deepawali" as called by the Nepali people. It is a time where people celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. But the Nepalese Hinduism is unique in celebrating this holiday as they designate days to honor not just humans and gods, but also all animals like Crows, Dogs, Oxen. ⠀ ⠀ The second day, Kukur Tihar, is dedicated to worshiping and appreciating dogs. Adorned in flower necklaces, and bright tika powders, dogs are honored for their special friendship and loyalty with humans. ⠀ ⠀ Love this so much ✨✨ wishing our friends in Nepal a wonderful holiday. Give your pups some extra love this week ;)⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #deepawali #dogs #kukurtihar #mansbestfriend #doglover #diwali #nepali #nepal #nepalese #wanderlust #festival #honor #love #light #compassion #friends #support #
@__doglovers Kukur (Dog) Tihar The second day is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs). Dog, which is believed to be messenger of Lord Yamaraj, the God of death, is worshiped once a year on this day. People offer garlands, tika and delicious food to the dogs, and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and the dogs. -Central Police Dog Training School in Kathmandu, Nepal. #kukurtihar #festival #nepal