While animal advocates are desperately trying to put an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, there is another festival that celebrates dogs for being wonderful beings.
Last week, Nepal had its annual Tihar festival, a five-day event that is part of the Hindu celebration of Diwali, a holiday to honor the victory of light over darkness. The second day is known as Kukur Tihar and is solely focused on the celebration of dogs, an animal believed to represent the Hindu god Bhairav. They are also believed to be messengers of Lord Yamaraj, or the God of Death.
During the special day, dogs — both pets and strays — are draped in flower garlands, called a malla, to show respect for the bond they share with humans. (It also signifies the importance of the animal.) People also draw red marks on dogs’ forehead to symbolize the animal’s sacredness. Besides being adorned, pups are also spoiled with delicious treats and food during this day. Sounds like a nice day to be a dog – and a beautiful way to celebrate pups.
We wanted to share with you a few of our favorite pictures of dogs being celebrated.