288.The Festival of lights
Photo By: Kamal Raj Joshi
Posted Date: 28th October
Day 1 : Kag Tihar – worshiping of crows – feed them and keep them happy.
Day 2 : Kukur Tihar – worshiping of dogs – the protector of our homes.
Day 3 : Cow Tika – worshiping of cows Day 3 – Laxmi Puja – worshiping of Fortune Goddess.
Day 3 : Tihar Songs: Bhailini – girls sing an unique song.
Day 4 : Various Puja and Tihar Song: Deusi – boys sing Deusi, a popular Tihar song.
Day 5 : Tika Day – tika for a long life.
The Nepali festival Tihar is also known by many names such as Dipawali or as the festival of lights. It is a five-day festival, soon after the Dashain Festival, and is all about worshiping of different animals and the Hindu Goddess of Fortune or Wealth (Goddess Laxmi), and is also especially significant as a celebration of the relation between brothers and sisters. People are busy shopping for gifts, decorating homes and streets, playing cards with friends, resting and relaxing, and finally ending the festival with an exchange of a special temporary mark on forehead (tika). The last day of the festival is known as Tika day or popularly known as Bhai Tika day (Bhai in Nepali means Brother). Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life for their brothers.