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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