Nepal : Second Greatest Festival Tihar Begins
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Nepal : Second Greatest Festival Tihar Begins

Kathmandu : Nepal | Oct 24, 2011 at 5:29 AM PDT
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The second greatest festival of Nepali, especially the Hindus, Tihar begins from Monday.

Tihar, also known as the festival of lights or Deepawali.The five-day festival mentioned as Yama Panchak in Hindu scriptures comes right after the greatest Hindu festival of Dashain and is celebrated with much enthusiasm throughout the country.

This festival is considered to be of great importance as it shows reverence to the god of death-Yama- and animals including crow, dog, cow and ox, who maintain close relationship with humans in everyday life.

Meanwhile, people across the nation will be observing the Kaag Tihar or Kaag Puja-worship of crows by offering sweets and dishes tomorrow morning and Kukur tihar, worship of dogs tomorrow evening itself. Prior, kaag tihar was celebrated in the first day, followed by kukur tihar.

According to the Hindu belief, crow is considered as the messenger of Yama, the lord of death.

The cawing of the crows symbolizes sadness and grief in the Hindu mythology, so the devotees offer the crows food to avert grief and deaths in their homes.

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