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Nepal Dog Festival Celebrates And Thanks Dogs For Being Our Loyal Friends

September 30, 2016 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Animals, Uplifting

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Hey, China. This is the type of dog festival that people want to go to. The complete opposite of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, the Tihar Festival celebrates man’s loyal best friend. In Nepal, Hindu citizens designate the festival as a time to shower their dogs with love and attention. You won’t see dogs crammed in cages or animal rights activists protesting, it is all about loving dogs in all their four-legged glory.

The festival comes at a time where all eyes are on another dog-themed festival, China’s Yulin festival, where more than 10,000 dogs are tortured, cooked and served up to festival goers. Yulin has been under intense criticism and protest. Many celebrities have spoke out against the horrible mistreatment of the animals. Comedian, Ricky Gervais, has spoke out extensively about the Yulin, but now he is sharing the joy of the Tihar festival.

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Tihar is a five day Hindu festival, but the second day is reserved for our loyal companions. It is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs).

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People offer garlands, tika (a mark worn on the forehead), and delicious food to dogs, and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and dogs.

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Because dogs are the best people…

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6 Responses to “Nepal Dog Festival Celebrates And Thanks Dogs For Being Our Loyal Friends”

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    October 4th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Comedian, Ricky Gervais, has spoke out extensively about the Yulin – Yeah Ricky, you talk, talk, talk, talk, talk about it, but what are you actually doing about it?

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