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Yampanchak begins: Kaag Tihar today

Kathmandu

Oct 17, 2017-Tihar, the second largest festival of the Nepali Hindus and alike began from Tuesday. Also known as Yampanchak, the festival is observed for five days.

Crows feast on the food arrayed on rooftops and open places as an offering on the occasion of Kaag Puja (crow worshipping day) on the first day of five-day long Tihar festival. Crow is regarded as messenger of Hindu god Yamaraj. 

 

Tihar is also a festival where the bonding between brothers and sisters is respected and recognized through Bhai Tika. On the occasion of Bhai Tika, that falls on October 21 this year, sisters put Tika wishing for longevity and prosperity of their brothers, while brothers in turn give gifts and pledge to take care of their sisters.

The auspicious hour for the Bhai Tika this Tihar is at 11:51 am, according to the Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee.

Decorating homes with colourful lights, flowers and oil-fed lamps as well as eating various delicacies including sweets and sel roti are part of this festival of lights. Playing of deusi bhailo and worshipping of different animals and birds are also significant aspect of this festival.

The first day of the Yamapanchak today is observed 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 and the fourth day 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.

The government has announced a three-day public holiday starting from Laxmi Pooja to Bhai Tika i.e. from October 19 to 21. RSS

Photos: Keshav Thapa

Published: 17-10-2017 13:14

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