Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nepal just celebrated a puppy-filled afternoon
as part of their annual Kukur Tihar festival, and the pictures are a must-see
for dog lovers.
Pacific Press Diwali, or the festival of lights, is
a five-day celebration in the Hindu calendar.
Each day of the holiday has its
own focus—crows, cows, siblings, and the goddess of wealth each get a day
depending on the denomination of Hinduism to which you ascribe.
In Nepal,
Diwali is called Tihar and the second day of their festivities, Kukur Tihar,
is dedicated to thanking dogs for their friendship and service.
Xinhua News Agency
Dogs have long held a special place in Hindu culture.
In the ancient
text of the Mahabharata, the great king, Yudhishthira, refused to enter heaven
without his devoted dog.
Presumably that means that all dogs go to heaven in
Hindu lore, as they should.
Dogs are also believed to be messengers of Lord
Yamaraj, the God of Death and can even see danger coming.
To recognize and honor dogs during Tihar, a garland of flowers is draped
around the neck of every dog—pets, police canines, service animals, and
strays alike.
Xinhua News Agency
In addition to the flower necklace, each dog gets a red mark on its
forehead called a tika, made from a red dye powder.
The tika marks the dog as
a sacred being (who is definitely allowed on the couch even with muddy
paws).
The tika also works as a way of letting dogs display their own
appreciation as the mark serves as a blessing to anyone who encounters the dog
during Tihar.
Pacific Press In Nepal, Diwali is called Tihar and
the second day of their festivities, Kukur Tihar, is dedicated to thanking
dogs for their friendship and service.

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