NT: Nepal: Tihar, the second largest festival of the Nepali Hindus starts from today. Also known as Yampanchak, the festival is celebrated for five days.
Tihar is also known as a festival of the bonding between brothers and sisters is respected and recognized through Bhai Tika. On the occasion of Bhai Tika, sisters put Tika wishing for longer and prosperous life of their brothers, while brothers, in turn, provide gifts and pledge to take care of their sisters.
The propitious time for the Bhai Tika this year is at 11:51 am, according to the Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee.
Homes are decorating with colorful lights, flowers and oil-fed lamps as well as eating various delicacies including sweets and sel roti, also it known as a part of this festival of lights. Playing of deusi bhailo and worshipping of different animals and birds are also good aspect of this festival.
The first day of the Yamapanchak is celebared as ‘Kaag Tihar’ by feeding crows, regarded as messengers in the Nepali society.
The second day is ‘Kukur Tihar’ (worship of the dogs), the third Gai Tihar and Laxmi Pooja (worship of the cows in the morning and Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth in the Hindu mythology in the evening
The fourth day is ‘Goru Pooja’ (worship of the oxen), and Maha Pooja (worship of own soul) in the Newar community while the fifth and final day is Bhai Tika.