Tihar Festival in Nepal

The 5 day long festival of lights, honoring Yama, God of Death. 1 st day is to worship a crow informant of Yama. Second day is dogs day, dog is the agent of Yama. Third day is the day to worship Laxmi the goddess of wealth. Fourth day is the self-respect day also a day for draught animal, oxen. Fifth day is the brothers day. This festival is a time of lights and tinsel decorations, fancy sweets and juicy fruits. The celebrations begin with the adoration of crows and dogs. Leaf dishes of rice, incense and light are set out for the dark messenger, while dogs are worshiped and offered goodies. In the period of Tihar Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth is worshipped. Rows of lamps are placed on windows and doors, with the strong hope that Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth, is worshipped. Rows of lamps are placed on windows and doors, with the strong hope that Laxmi pleased to reside in light.

The following day belongs to the cow, representative of Laxmi. Laxmi Puja, Gobardhan Puja and BhaiTika are the series of event under Tihar. In the day of Bhai Tika sisters and brothers get together and accept Tika from each other. This day is called as Brothers’ Day. Brothers and sisters honor each other on this day and sisters pray to Yama, the God of Death, for their brothers’ progress, prosperity and longevity.

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