Happy Kukur Tihar!

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We were all horrified when we heard about that Yulin Dog Meat Festival (awful, awful, awful!) so when I heard about the Nepalese Dog Festival, it was a nice counterpoint. The festival of Tihar involves a larger, multi-day celebration, but the second day- which happens to be today- is Kukur Tihar, recognizes and worships dogs. (I’m pretty sure this festival is celebrated every day here!) The dogs are honored with special markings, garlands of flowers, and offerings of special food. The whole idea makes my heart happy!

Here are a couple of links to articles with gorgeous photos if you want to learn more:

http://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/diwali-dogs-festival-of-lights-nepal-kukur-tihar

http://www.hngn.com/articles/105552/20150701/nepal-dog-festival-celebrates-thanks-dogs-being-loyal-friends-photos.htm

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(Photos from the Dogster.com)

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