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There's A Festival In Nepal With A Day Especially For Dogs

Why have we not all moved to Nepal?

Posted on November 10, 2015, at 10:36 a.m. ET

The annual Tihar festival in Nepal has a day devoted solely to the celebration of man's best friend, dogs.

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Tihar is Nepal's version of Diwali. The five-day festival occurs in either October or November each year. Tihar began on Monday this year.

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During the five-day festival, Nepalis pay respect to crows — to avert grief and death in their homes — and cows, which in additional to being the national animal in Nepal, is seen as a sign of prosperity and wealth. The second day is devoted to dogs.

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Dogs are believed to be messengers of the god of death, Lord Yamaraj.

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The dogs are give garlands, treats, and marked with a tilak.

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If only this was every day ❤

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