Tihar, a Hindu festival celebrated for five days in Nepal is considered to be of great importance as it shows reverence to not just the humans and the Gods, but also to the animals.
The second day is called ‘Kukur tihar’, dogs day. A dog plays many roles in our society. They are in our houses as guardian of the house. As the legend also says that there is a dog at yama’s gate guarding the gate to the underworld. The dog is also the steed of the fearful Bhairab, the god of destruction. So on this day a big red tika is put on a dog’s forehead and a beautiful garland around the neck. After worshipping the dog, it is given a very delicious meal. This day the saying ‘every dog has his day’ comes true; for even a stray dog is looked upon with respect. We pray to the dog to guard our house as he guards the gate of the underworld and to divert destruction away from our homes.