Tihar:The Festival of Lights - Himalayan Smile Treks

Tihar:The Festival of Lights

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Tihar is the second biggest festival of all Nepalese. People also call this festival Deepawali and Yamapanchak. This festival is celebrated for five days. Normally it falls between October and November. It depends on the lunar calendar. This year it observed from November 3rd to November 7th.  The word Tihar means the festival of lights. During that festival many candles are lit both inside and outside the houses. People worship Laxmi – the Goddess of Wealth. All the houses are cleaned and decorated with the belief that Goddess Laxmi will enter the house. During the five days, crows, dogs and cows are worshipped and honored with vermilion, garland and delicious food for what they have done in the lives of humans. Crows are regarded as the messenger that brought news even during the times when there were no postmen and no postal services. Dogs are the most obedient animals and they guard house as true guardians. Cow is also a symbol of wealth in Hinduism. During Tihar, the Newari community in Nepal also observes Mha puja – a ritual of worshipping one’s own body and life. On this very day, the New Year which is also known as Nepal Sambat begins. The festival ends with Bhai Tika – brothers’ day when his sisters worship him for his long and healthy life to safeguard the lives of his sisters.