23rd Feb, 2023
Deepawali or Diwali,also known as Tihar is a five-day-long Hindu festival that is widely celebrated in Nepal and some parts of India, especially in the northern and western regions. It usually falls in the month of October or November, depending on the lunar calendar.
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Tihar is also known as the festival of lights, and each day of the festival has a unique significance and is celebrated in a particular way. Here's a brief description of each day of Tihar:
Day 1: Kag Tihar (Crow Puja) - On the first day, crows are worshipped and offered food as a way of showing respect for their role in Hindu mythology.
Day 2: Kukur Tihar (Dog Puja) - On the second day, dogs are worshipped and offered food as they are believed to be the messengers of Yama, the god of death, in Hindu mythology.
Day 3: Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja (Cow Puja and Goddess Laxmi Puja) - On the third day, cows are worshipped and offered food as they are believed to be sacred animals in Hindu mythology. Additionally, Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is worshipped on this day.
Day 4: Govardhan Puja and Mha Puja (Ox and Self-Puja) - On the fourth day, oxen are worshipped and offered food, and a special ritual called Mha Puja is performed, which involves worshipping oneself.
Day 5: Bhai Tika (Brother-Sister Day) - On the final day, sisters put tika (a mark made of vermillion and rice) on their brothers' foreheads and offer them sweets as a way of wishing them a long and prosperous life.