Nepalese festival dedicates a whole day to worshipping dogs

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Nepalese festival dedicates a whole day to worshipping dogs
KATHMANDU, Nov. 10, 2015-- Photo taken on Nov. 10, 2015 shows dogs for worship during Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. 'Tihar', the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated for five days. Each day is dedicated to different religious figures including cow, crow, and dog, which signifies deep relations between human beings, god, and animals. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma via Getty Images)
MAHARAJGUNJ, KATHMANDU, NEPAL, KATHMANDU, NEPAL - 2015/11/10: Nepal police officer along with their dogs attends Kukur Tihar Dog Festival as the procession of Tihar celebrations. Tihar is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal for 5 days. Nepalese people worship dogs and feed them with delicious food on the second day of Tihar. Dogs are trustworthy guards of human beings. Tihar is marked as the festival of lights, as people decorate their homes using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colorful light bulbs. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A Nepalese police dog handler garlands a dog with marigolds and vermillion powder during a ceremony offering blessings to police dogs to mark the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 10, 2015. On Tihar, as the Hindu festival of Diwali is locally known, it is customary in Nepal for people offer blessings to dogs, which according to Hindu tradition, are the messengers of Yamaraj, the god of death. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, Nov. 10, 2015-- A street vendor sells color powders for Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 9, 2015. 'Tihar', the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated for five days. Each day is dedicated to different religious figures including cow, crow, and dog, which signifies deep relations between human beings, god, and animals. People make things called 'Rangoli' outside their houses to make their home look attractive and beautiful at night during the festival. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa via Getty Images)
MAHARAJGUNJ, KATHMANDU, NEPAL, KATHMANDU, NEPAL - 2015/11/10: Nepal police officer along with their dogs attends Kukur Tihar Dog Festival as the procession of Tihar celebrations. Tihar is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal for 5 days. Nepalese people worship dogs and feed them with delicious food on the second day of Tihar. Dogs are trustworthy guards of human beings. Tihar is marked as the festival of lights, as people decorate their homes using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colorful light bulbs. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MAHARAJGUNJ, KATHMANDU, NEPAL, KATHMANDU, NEPAL - 2015/11/10: Nepal police officer along with their dogs attends Kukur Tihar Dog Festival as the procession of Tihar celebrations. Tihar is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal for 5 days. Nepalese people worship dogs and feed them with delicious food on the second day of Tihar. Dogs are trustworthy guards of human beings. Tihar is marked as the festival of lights, as people decorate their homes using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colorful light bulbs. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A Nepalese police dog handler and his animal show off their skills before a ceremony offering blessings to police dogs to mark the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 10, 2015. On Tihar, as the Hindu festival of Diwali is locally known, it is customary in Nepal for people offer blessings to dogs, which according to Hindu tradition, are the messengers of Yamaraj, the god of death. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, Nov. 10, 2015 -- A dog is worshipped by police officers during Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 10, 2015. 'Tihar', the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated for five days. Each day is dedicated to different religious figures including cow, crow, and dog, which signifies deep relations between human beings, god, and animals. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa via Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, Nov. 10, 2015 -- A dog is worshipped by a girl during Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 10, 2015. 'Tihar', the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated for five days. Each day is dedicated to different religious figures including cow, crow, and dog, which signifies deep relations between human beings, god, and animals. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa via Getty Images)
MAHARAJGUNJ, KATHMANDU, NEPAL, KATHMANDU, NEPAL - 2015/11/10: Nepal police officer along with their dogs attends Kukur Tihar Dog Festival as the procession of Tihar celebrations. Tihar is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal for 5 days. Nepalese people worship dogs and feed them with delicious food on the second day of Tihar. Dogs are trustworthy guards of human beings. Tihar is marked as the festival of lights, as people decorate their homes using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colorful light bulbs. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, Nov. 10, 2015 -- A vendor sells flowers along a street for Tihar festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Nov. 9, 2015. 'Tihar', the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated for five days. Each day is dedicated to different religious figures including cow, crow, and dog, which signifies deep relations between human beings, god, and animals. People make things called 'Rangoli' outside their houses to make their home look attractive and beautiful at night during the festival. (Xinhua/Pratap Thapa via Getty Images)
MAHARAJGUNJ, KATHMANDU, NEPAL, KATHMANDU, NEPAL - 2015/11/10: Nepal police officer along with their dogs attends Kukur Tihar Dog Festival as the procession of Tihar celebrations. Tihar is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal for 5 days. Nepalese people worship dogs and feed them with delicious food on the second day of Tihar. Dogs are trustworthy guards of human beings. Tihar is marked as the festival of lights, as people decorate their homes using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colorful light bulbs. (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Some lucky dogs received a special treat on Wednesday when they were given garlands, tasty goodies, and marked with a tilak to acknowledge their role in providing security during Nepal's Tihar festival. The Nepalese version of Diwali, Tihar celebrates dogs as the messengers of Yamaraj, the Hindu god of death.

Also called the Hindu festival of lights, Tihar is celebrated for five days. Each day is dedicated to different religious figures including the cow, the crow, and the dog, which signifies deep relations between human beings, god, and animals.

On the second day, Nepalese people worship the dog. They also decorate their homes using various flower garlands, oil lamps and colorful light bulbs to celebrate the festival of lights.

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