Diwali, a "Festival of Lights" is one of the biggest autumn festivals in Nepal. During this 5-day event, there is one day where dogs are celebrated for their relationship with humans by being loyal companions and friends, which is known as Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja, or in other words the worship of dogs. This day is filled with gift-giving, storytelling and honoring each canine by giving them the royal treatment.
As a mark of respect, each dog gets a garland of flowers around their neck called a Malla. This also symbolizes the prayers that have been said for the dog.
The red mark on their forehead, which marks the dog as one worthy of devotion, is called the Tika and is made from a mixture of dyes, flower extracts, yogurt and rice.
It is said that anyone who crosses path with this blessed dog will also be blessed.
As a final act of love, food offerings are left out for all home-owned dogs and strays. Milk, eggs, meat and high-quality dog food are just some of the treats offered. While some offer fried chicken or donuts.
In Hindu tradition, dogs play an important role as guardians and messengers. Even though this event has passed until the next, you can still spoil your dog today and celebrate the wonderful bond between humans and our canine pals.
Via: The Mind Unleashed