Kukur Tihar

Kukur Tihar Celebrations

Tihar is one of the most dazzling festivals of all Hindu. Tihar is also known as Deepawali in Terai region and falls during the month of October-November.During Tihar festival all the houses of the city and villages are cleaned and decorated with lit oil lamps.

Story behind the celebration of the Tihar

Yamuna, Yama’s (the god of the death) sister wanted to meet her brother who have been far from her for many years.o she asked different mediums like crow, dog and cow to visit to her brother’s home and ask him to visit her. But after doing all this, he still did not came and finally she went to his home and worshipped him with flowers, tika and made a circle with mustard oil, Dubo Grass (Cynodon Dactylon) and put Makhmali Mala (Globe Amaranth). She asked Yamaraj not to go anywhere till the oil, Dubo Grass and the flower gets dry. Due to this reason every sister worships her brother keeping him in circle of mustard oil, putting mala (garland) of Makhmali flower and Dubo grass and prays for his long life and prosperity.

Day one: Kaag (Crow) Tihar

The first day of the festival is called Kaag Tihar or Kwah Puja. Crows and ravens are worshiped by offerings of sweets and dishes placed on the roofs of houses. The cawing of crows and ravens symbolizes sadness and grief in Hinduism, so devotees offer crows and ravens food to avert grief and death in their homes.

Day two: Kukur (Dog) Tihar

A dog after being venerated during the Kukur tihar festival in Nepal.The second day is called Kukur Tihar. People offer garlands, tika and delicious food to dogs and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and dogs.

Day three: Gai (Cow) Tihar

Houses, offices and commercial complexes are decorated with garlands of marigolds  in the morning of Laxmi Puja.

On this day people show their gratefulness to the cow by garlanding and feeding them with the best grass. Houses are cleaned and the doorways and windows are decorated with garlands made of marigolds) and makhamali flowers.