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.