Dipawali / Tihar

Bhai Tika - The Fifth (Last) day of Dipawali/ Tihar

Bhai Tika - The Fifth (Last) day of Dipawali/ Tihar
The last day of the five-day long festival is called ‘Bhai Tika.’ On this day, sisters worship their brother and pray for their long life, health, prosperity and well being to Yama (God of Death) and Yamuna (Sister of Yama).

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Goverdan Puja / Mha Puja – The Fourth day of Dipawali/ Tihar

Goverdan Puja / Mha Puja – The Fourth day of Dipawali/ Tihar

The day begins with the worship of Govardhan (symbolic representation of mountain).

The Newar community has their own celebration in the evening of this day, The Mha Puja (Self Worship) falls on the Newari New Year 'Nhu Dan 1141' known as Nepal Sambat. On this auspicious day, the Newari community worship their own self and pray for physical, and spiritual wellbeing

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Laxmi Puja – The Third day of Dipawali/ Tihar

Laxmi Puja – The Third day of Dipawali/ Tihar
The pavements that lead to the main entrance and the way up to the Puja Kotha (worship room) is marked like a red carpet, believed to be the path which Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of Wealth)  takes while entering the house. In front of every house people make rangoli or mandala (decoration with colors). 

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Second Day of Dipawali

Second Day of Dipawali
The second day of Tihar is called ‘Kukur (Dog) Tihar’.  On this day, people worship the best friend of human, dog; which mythologically is referred to as agent of Yama (God of Death) 

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First Day of Dipawali

First Day of Dipawali
First day of Dipawali/Tihar festival begins with the worship of the bird, Crow (known as the messenger of Death or the Informant of Yama-God of Death). People offer food, sweets and worship the bird with a hope that it will only bring good news year around. 

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