Tihar

Tihar is a five day long festival which is celebrated in the Hindu community. It occurs soon after the Dashain festival. Tihar signifies the festival of lights and Flowers. On the first day Kaag Tihar, is the day of the crow, the informant of Yama is worshipped. The second day Kukur Tihar is for worshipping the dogs as the agents of Yama. On the third day is Gai Tihar and Laxmi  Puja. On this day cow is offered prayers and food in the morning and Goddess Laxmi is offered elaborate prayers and puja in the evening. 

The fourth day is for the draught animal, oxen when the Newari community also performs Mha Puja dedicated to oneself. The fifth day is Brothers’ Day when sisters put tika on their brothers’ foreheads and give blessings. This festival is noted for lighting up of homes with candles, oil-wick lamps and electric lights.