HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Kukur Tihar, the second day of Tihar which is also called Yama Panchak, was celebrated today by worshipping dogs and offering them food.
Dogs are worshiped as honest protectors of their masters and households as per Hindu mythology.
Similarly, Laxmi Puja, the third day of Tihar, will be celebrated tomorrow by illuminating houses with candles and fancy lights. On this day, Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth is worshipped for prosperity.
The fourth day of the festival will be observed on Friday as Gai Puja and Gobhardan Puja when cows and oxen are worshiped.
Nepal Sambat 1335 and Mha Puja will be celebrated on the same day.
Bhai Tika, the main and final day of Tihar, falls on Saturday. On this day, sisters put saptarangi tika on their brothers’ forehead and wish them long life and prosperity.
According to Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti, the authorised body entrusted with bringing out Nepali calendar, the most auspicious hour for offering and receiving Bhai Tika is 11:35 am. The government has declared Thursday, Friday and Saturday public holidays to celebrate Tihar.