Nepal will be celebrating their annual Tihar (festival) in November 2015, the second day of the Festival, November 10th, will be spent celebrating you guessed it: DOGS.
Not only domesticated dogs, but all dogs, from puppies to strays. Throughout the day dogs are celebrated, honored, fed, and prayed for, and I’m sure they are getting plenty of cuddles too.
On the Kukur (Dog) Tihar (festival) dogs are offered a Malla, a beautiful flower necklace and a mark of respect and dignity. The Malla comes together with prayers directed who ever wears it. They will also get a Tikā, a red mark on their forehead that acts as a blessing.
We don’t need any excuses for loving our dogs, but why the festival?
Well, here you go: in the Rig Veda, a Hindu text of mythological and poetical accounts of the origin of the world, Samara helps the god-king Indra to recover divine cows stolen by the Panis, some horrid demons. Paintings often show Samara as a bitch. She is described as the mother of all dogs, and dogs are given the matronymic Sarameya ("offspring of Sarama"). Hence the celebration of all dogs great and small.
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