Tag Archive: Tihar

Happy Kukur Puja!

 

Hinduism’s second most beloved festival – Tihar – is in its second day, celebrating Kukur Puja, during which furry friends are garlanded with flowers, given tika, and offered special treats. Dogs have long been seen as man’s faithful companion, and so this holiday honors and worships them. Devotees take holy baths and light yamadeep lamps, facing them south on the river in the hope that they will not go to Hell, but rather be accompanied by the Kukur to Heaven.

Celebrating Bhai Tika!

Wishing all brothers and sisters a very happy, auspicious, and wonderful Bhai Tika! Sisters offer tika to their brothers and wish them a long life, health, and prosperity. In a special ceremony, they are garlanded and given sweets, walnuts, breads, and spices. The brothers, in turn, offer tika to their sisters and give them gifts. The festival is based on the legend of a sister saving her brother’s life from Yama, the god of death, and is so firmly rooted in Nepali tradition that even those without siblings take part in the festival with those they may consider as brothers or sisters.

(Pic via: trekkingnepalhimalaya.org)

Wishing all a blessed and wonderful Tihar (Diwali)! Colorful lights, sweets, the worship of certain animals and birds, and the playing of deusi bhailo make up some of the unique and fascinating aspects of this traditional and eagerly awaited holiday in Nepal. 

Yampanchak Begins Today with Kaag Tihar

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With Dashain behind us, Nepalis begin round two with the second most popular festival in the Himalayan nation – Tihar. People provide tender morsels for crows, hoping to avert grief and death in their homes. The black birds can be seen on virtually every rooftop, enjoying their meals and cawing with pleasure!

 

Celebrate Tihar, the Nepali Festival of Lights!

Come and join us as we partner with Curry in a Hurry in Dumfries, Virginia to celebrate Tihar (Deepawali) on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Bring your family and friends to hear traditional Himalayan music and see village folk dance while enjoying Newari specialties, such as choila, and other tempting Nepali and Indian dishes. Curry in a Hurry is located at 17173 Wayside Drive. For more information, please call 703-441-1110 or 703-346-5877.