In Photos: Nepal Celebrates 'Kukur Tihar' by Worshipping Dogs

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 People celebrate Kukur Tihar in Kathmandu, Nepal as part of their five-day celebrations during Diwali. Visuals from an animal shelter, named Sneha's Animal Care Shelter, in Nepal. According to reports, the owner of the shelter came up with the idea after her own pet was poisoned to death by her neighbour. Credit: Facebook/ANI
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People celebrate Kukur Tihar in Kathmandu, Nepal as part of their five-day celebrations during Diwali. Visuals from an animal shelter, named Sneha's Animal Care Shelter, in Nepal. According to reports, the owner of the shelter came up with the idea after her own pet was poisoned to death by her neighbour. Credit: Facebook/ANI

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 Visuals from an animal shelter in Nepal as Kukur Tihar is celebrated. It is usually celebrated on the second day of Diwali celebrations. Credit: Facebook/ANI
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Visuals from an animal shelter in Nepal as Kukur Tihar is celebrated. It is usually celebrated on the second day of Diwali celebrations. Credit: Facebook/ANI

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 Not just Nepal. Kukur Tihar has now been adopted as a festival across the world. Inspired by Nepal, a collective of Mexican animal rights groups started celebrating the festival in Mexico too. Kukur Tihar celebrations started in Mexico in 2016, and there has been no looking back since. Photo: PTI
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Not just Nepal. Kukur Tihar has now been adopted as a festival across the world. Inspired by Nepal, a collective of Mexican animal rights groups started celebrating the festival in Mexico too. Kukur Tihar celebrations started in Mexico in 2016, and there has been no looking back since. Photo: PTI

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 While pleas to minimise crackers during Diwali, which have been proven to be harmful to dogs, fall on deaf ears, the Nepalese celebrate Tihar in a wholesome way by worshipping dogs. Dogs, during this festival, are adorned with flowers, have tikka put on their foreheads and offered food as part of the ceremony. This photo was taken during celebrations in 2019. Photo: AFP
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While pleas to minimise crackers during Diwali, which have been proven to be harmful to dogs, fall on deaf ears, the Nepalese celebrate Tihar in a wholesome way by worshipping dogs. Dogs, during this festival, are adorned with flowers, have tikka put on their foreheads and offered food as part of the ceremony. This photo was taken during celebrations in 2019. Photo: AFP

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 In Nepalese customs, dogs are believed to be messengers of Yamraj or the god of death and the ceremony is an attempt to appease the god. The main idea behind the festival is also to celebrate the bond between humans and their doggos. In fact, it is considered a sin to misbehave with dogs during Tihar. Credit: AFP
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In Nepalese customs, dogs are believed to be messengers of Yamraj or the god of death and the ceremony is an attempt to appease the god. The main idea behind the festival is also to celebrate the bond between humans and their doggos. In fact, it is considered a sin to misbehave with dogs during Tihar. Credit: AFP

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 The United States Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry, also took to social media to share how he had celebrated Kukur Tihar. In the photo uploaded on Twitter, Berry can be seen holding his canine friend, Lola, who has a tika on her forehead. “Kukur Tihar is one my favorite days! The US Mission family and I celebrate our beloved dogs. My Lola adored her annual treats!” Berry wrote on Twitter. Photo: Randy Berry/Twitter
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The United States Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry, also took to social media to share how he had celebrated Kukur Tihar. In the photo uploaded on Twitter, Berry can be seen holding his canine friend, Lola, who has a tika on her forehead. “Kukur Tihar is one my favorite days! The US Mission family and I celebrate our beloved dogs. My Lola adored her annual treats!” Berry wrote on Twitter. Photo: Randy Berry/Twitter

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