Today in Nepal marks the second day of a 5-day long Tihar festival, Kukur Tihar (translated to mean “worship of the dogs”). This special day is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and thanking dogs for being loyal friends and companions!
Hindu tradition teaches that dogs are guardians of the afterlife and the protector of Yama, the lord of the dead.
During Kukur Tihar, all dogs – not just pets, but police dogs and stray dogs, too, are draped in garland, given a “tika,” a blessing symbolized with a red mark on the forehead (the red mark is made using a powder made with red dye, rice, and yogurt), and given an abundance of delicious food offerings throughout the day.
Just check out these amazing photos!
The festival, which shares some traditions with Diwali in India, also celebrates cows and crows. And, treats given to dogs during Kukur Tihar include meat, milk, eggs, and good quality dog food.