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