A day to worship husband and a day to worship son are very common celebrated festivals of India. But in Nepal, there is a day which is solely dedicated to the worshipping of our four legged companion ‘DOG‘ !!
Known as “Kukur Tihar” or “Kukur Puja” in Nepal, this day is celebrated to worship all the dogs for being our companions and loyals for all their lives. Tihar is Nepal’s version of Diwali. It is a five day long festivity in which the second day is reserved specifically for the dog. It occurs in the month of October or November every year.
During the five-day festival, Nepalis also worship many more animals. Nepalis pay respect to crows — to avert grief and death in their homes — and cows, which in additional to being the national animal in Nepal, is seen as a sign of prosperity and wealth. The second day is devoted to dogs.
People do the puja, offer garlands and put a tika on their forehead – following the customs which all the pujas follow. The dogs are offered all the delicacies and allowed to feed up on it as much as they want!!
Dogs are believed to be messengers of the god of death, Lord Yamaraj.
The garlands are the sign of respect and the red powder on the forehead, the sign of sacredness!! Thus the dogs are being honoured for possessing the qualities which any human rarely possesses these days. The dogs are being honoured for being the best people!!