Canines are indulged with treats to celebrate Hindu ceremony

Canines are indulged with treats to celebrate Hindu ceremony

Every dog gets their day… at Diwali festival! Canines in Nepal are indulged with treats and wear orange garlands around their necks as they celebrate Hindu ceremony

  • Tourists and local residents took part in the special ceremony of Kukur Tihar
  • The Sneha Care rescue shelter has around 170 dogs, some have been abandoned
  • During the festive period it is considered a sin to act disrespectfully to dogs

Dog lovers in Nepal honoured them by putting bright orange garlands around their necks and indulging them with treats to celebrate a Hindu festival highlighting the loyalty of dogs to humans.

Tourists, local residents and volunteers at one dog shelter outside the capital Kathmandu took part in the special ceremony of Kukur Tihar.

The ceremony takes place on the second day of a five-day Hindu festival devoted to animals associated with Yamaraj, the god of death and justice.

Tourists, local residents and volunteers at one dog shelter outside the capital Kathmandu took part in the special ceremony of Kukur Tihar

‘On the day of the Festival of Dogs, I want to convey the message that humans should show compassion and love to dogs and feed them as much as we can,’ Lalitpur Mayor Chiri Babu Maharjan said after honouring paralysed dogs at the Sneha Care animal shelter.

The tradition originates in Nepal, where street dogs are prevalent and dog welfare is struggling.

The Sneha Care shelter has around 170 dogs, some of which have been abandoned.

‘Today they are worshipped, but the next day they are being left. If they get sick, people leave them,’ , owner Sneha Shrestha said.

During the festive period, it is considered a sin to act disrespectfully to dogs and other animals that are honoured.

‘It is fun when we make garlands, wear them, and feed the dogs during the Festival of Dogs,’ local resident Tirtha Bahadur Khatri said.

Beyond the celebrations, dog welfare is starting to receive more widespread attention in Nepal.

There are an estimated 20,000 stray dogs in the Kathmandu Valley alone, according to media reports.

The tradition originates in Nepal, where street dogs are prevalent and dog welfare is struggling. The Sneha Care shelter has around 170 dogs, some of which have been abandoned

During the festive period, it is considered a sin to act disrespectfully to dogs and other animals that are honoured. ‘It is fun when we make garlands, wear them, and feed the dogs during the Festival of Dogs,’ local resident Tirtha Bahadur Khatri said

The ceremony takes place on the second day of a five-day Hindu festival devoted to animals associated with Yamaraj, the god of death and justice



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Beyond the celebrations, dog welfare is starting to receive more widespread attention in Nepal. There are an estimated 20,000 stray dogs in the Kathmandu Valley alone, according to media reports

Dog lovers in Nepal honoured them by putting bright orange garlands around their necks and indulging them with treats to celebrate a Hindu festival highlighting the loyalty of dogs to humans

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