Nepalese Hindus Celebrate Dogs for Their Version of Diwali Called Kukur Tihar

Nepalese Hindus Celebrate Dogs for Their Version of Diwali Called Kukur TiharNepalese Hindus Celebrate Dogs for Their Version of Diwali Called Kukur Tihar
Heather Johnson Yu
October 19, 2017
In Nepal, there is a holiday that celebrates dogs.
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Called “Kukur Tihar“, it falls on the same day as the Hindu holiday, Choti Diwali.
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Dogs are decked with garlands of flowers — usually marigolds.
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They are also adorned with red “tika” on their foreheads.
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The mark symbolizes good luck, bravery, auspiciousness, and other positive traits.
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The reason for this holiday is as special as these good doggos.
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In one of Hinduism’s oldest texts, the mother of dogs, Samara, helps retrieve the stolen cattle of Indra, the ruler of heaven.
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The dog is the messenger and guardian of Yama, the ruler of the dead.
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It is said that a dog also guards the gates of the afterlife.
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In another sacred text, the king of righteousness, Yudhishthira, vehemently refused to enter heaven without his beloved canine companion.
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Dogs also represent the concept of dharma, otherwise known as the path of righteousness.
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Dogs are cherished, thanked, and honored for being trusted, loyal friends.
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Not just pets — even stray dogs are celebrated on Kukur Tihar!
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If dogs could speak, they’d probably say their favorite part about the holiday is the food.
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They may receive treats such as meat, eggs, milk, or high-quality dog food.
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The dogs must love all the attention and praise they receive on Kukur Tihar.
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Some cats even get in on this holiday!
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Although not all of them enjoy it.
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Maybe Kukur Tihar is best left up to the doggos.
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Thank you for being our best friends!
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