Tihar- Celebration of Lights. It is regarded as the second popular festival in Nepal which is celebrated by almost everyone as it is also known as “festival of colors”. As it occurs just fifteen days after Dashain, September- October can be taken as the festive season in Nepal. Legend has it that, Dipawali, which literally translates to lighting the lamp, is celebrated to welcome Rama and Laxman, home ( Two Hindu demigods) as they return after defeating Ravana ( Evil king Of Lanka). Also, this festival is popular in a sense that it strengthens the bond between Sisters and brothers. Tihar is also known as Yama Panchak ( Five days of Yamraj, god of death) as there are five days of celebrations, namely:
- Kaag Tihar ( Crow Tihar)
- Kukur Tihar ( Dog Tihar)
- Laxmi puja(Laxmi Tihar)
- Govardhan puja
- Bhai Tika
All the celebration day of Tihar have its various myths, legends and beliefs and every day starts with the offering.
Kaag Tihar ( Crow Tihar):
This is the first day of Tihar during which crows are revered and given sweets and different food items. According to Hindu scriptures, crows are considered to be the messenger of Yama, the death god.
Kukur Tihar ( Dog Tihar):
The second of the Tihar is celebrated by offering garlands, tika and different sweets and food to dogs. Considered as the gatekeeper of god Yama, Hindu devotee takes this day for the veneration of the dogs.