With so many stories online telling of the horrors endured by dogs, it’s a real pleasure to learn that dogs in Nepal have an entire day devoted to them just because they’re so awesome!
Nepal’s annual Tihar festival is a five-day-long Hindu festival that falls in October or November.
The festival pays respect not only to the gods, but also to animals.
On the first day, Nepalis celebrate crows to avert grief and death from their homes. On the third day they celebrate cows to encourage wealth and prosperity. In between, on the second day, dogs are revered.
In Nepalese custom, dogs are believed to be messengers for Lord Yamaraj – the god of death.
On this day dogs are thanked for their loyalty and companionship.
Pets and strays alike are all given the same royal treatment.
Dogs are given garlands of flowers as a sign of respect.
They are also fed delicious treats.
Red powder is used to mark their foreheads to symbolize their sacredness.
If only this could happen worldwide everyday!