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Tihar Festival "The 2nd biggest festival of all Hindus"

Celebrating for 5 days, the 2nd biggest festival Tihar is the most fascinating, colorful light and flower festival of Nepal which lies in late October or early November. Greetings are exchanged to one another. The fine weather and prosperous days (no problem of food even in the poor family because this is the time of rice harvesting) add the cheerfulness in the festival. Being the prosperous time of food grains, fine weather, blooming flowers and the green natural beauty, all people honor the bird, cattle, god and goddesses by offering the fresh foods and flower garlands.

The first day of the festival is the honor of crow, the next day is the honor of dog in which the people worship the dog by offering food, flower garland and sacred colorful rice "tika". It is honored for guarding the property and believing the vehicle of Yamraz (the god of death). The most important day is 3rd day of the festival which is called "Laxmi Pooja or Cow festival". According to the Hindu religion cow is the sacred animal and symbolized "Laxmi" (the goddess of wealth). In the morning, people worship the cow with fresh sweet food, flower garland and tika and in the evening, "Laxmi" is worshipped by the lights all around the house. It is believed that the goddess of wealth "Laxmi" dwells in house of the most colorful lights. So, people worship Laxmi by oil lamps, candles and animating electric lights at their homes and offices to be more prosperous. The 4th day of festival is the honor of ox. The last and important day is "Bhaitika" in which brothers are honored by the sisters with tika, garland of "Sayapatri Fhool" (marigold flower), different kinds of delicious foods, and wished for brothers' long life and prosperity. Brothers give them money or any other gift in the return. Being the festival of Deep (lamp), it is also called Deepawali or Deewali.

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