Dogs are also considered as the guardians of the afterlife and therefore respected and pampered
Kukur Tihar falls on the second day of Tihar. The day is devoted to pampering dogs that are regarded man's best friend. It is also called Khicha Puja in the Newar community. Kukur Tihar celebrates the cherished relationship between humans and dogs.
Dogs are believed to be the protectors of Yamaraj (God of death) and are worshipped on this day. According to Hindu religion, it is believed that dogs are the protectors of Yama and are very dear to him. It is believed that if a person is able to please dogs and keep them happy, the dogs will pass on this information to Yamaraj and the person will find favour and be blessed with long life and prosperity.
Dogs are also considered as the guardians of the afterlife and are believed to guide in the afterlife which is why they have significance and a place in the Hindu religion.
On this day people garland dogs with beautiful flowers and worship them by putting Tikas on their foreheads as a sign of respect for them. Dogs are provided with their favorite food and pampered with love and affection on this day.
House pets and stray dogs as well as service dogs and police dogs are all worshipped and thanked at ceremonies for their hard work and loyalty.
This day is also observed as the Narka Chaturdashi and has been able to attract the attention of western countries for the love and respect Nepalis shows towards dogs.
Complied by Rina Kumari Mandal a content writer at Nepaltraveller.