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Kukur Tihar

Kukur Tihar
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Cute doge bedecked with flower garlands
Also calledFestival of Dogs
TypeReligious
CelebrationsHonouring dogs
ObservancesPrayers and religious rituals
DateNovember 14, November 3
2020 date14 November 2020[1]
2021 date3 November 2021
FrequencyAnnual
Related toDiwali, Swanti

Kukur Tihar (English: Dog Festival, Nepali: कुकुर तिहार; Nepal Basha: Khichā Pujā) is an annual festival originating from Nepal which falls on the second day of the festival of Tihar (around October or November). On this day, people worship dogs to please Yama, the god of death, as they are considered to be his messengers. Dogs are decorated with tilaka and wear flower garlands around their necks. Worshippers offer them various foods including meat, milk, eggs, and dog food. It is considered a sin if someone acts disrespectfully to a dog on this day.

Kukur Tihar is also celebrated in Mexico and Australia. A charity event in Nepal raised about 300,000 Nepalese rupees (approximately US$2,540 in 2020) in 2017 and 2018, which was donated to Animal Nepal and Shree's Animal Rescue Nepal, respectively.