KATHMANDU, Nov 16: A number of people without brothers and sisters on Monday reached the Bal Gopaledhwor Temple at the heart of Rani Pokhari (Queen’s Pond) in the capital to receive tika on the Bhaitika, the fifth and final day of Yampanchak. It is the day when sisters put tika on the forehead of their brothers, wishing for their prosperity and long life.
You enjoy Tihar because it gives you a reason to gorge on sel roti, dipping it in a cup of hot tea, and pop that one more laddu in your mouth without feeling guilty. You might love it because the string lights you have put on your balcony purely for aesthetics finally gets a purpose. Or all the colors and lights just make you happy, not to mention the sweet smell of marigolds in the air this time of the year that makes your heart swell. Or maybe your sibling has come home and you get to celebrate Bhai Tika after five years.
DAMAULI, Nov 9: Jailbirds in Tanahun prisons Tihar festival with joy after they received tika from their sisters. Jailer Narayan Adhikari said that 25 prisoners received tika from their sisters in the jail.
Shopping is an integral part of life. With the arrival of Tihar, one of the most awaited festivals in Nepal, one simply can’t refrain from shopping. This five-day long festival is also known as Deepawali or Yama Panchak. It began on Monday. The festival not only recognizes divinity but also animals and birds who contribute to the humankind.
Tihar is at the doorstep. It is the second biggest Nepali festival after Dashain. Crow is worshipped on Kaag Tihar, the first of the five-day-long festival. Dogs get special treatment on the second day, called Kukur Tihar. On the third day (Gai Tihar), people show their appreciation to cow by garlanding and feeding them. In the evening, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshiped by lighting oil lamps (Diyo).