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Nepal celebrates dogs as part of Hindu festival

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Dogs across Nepal received flower garlands and snacks on Monday to mark Kukur Tihar, a day specially set aside to honor them.

This celebration falls on the second day of the five-day festival of Tihar, dedicated to the Hindu death god Yama.

“Today is the day of respect for the work done by dogs. Dogs are extremely important to security agencies. We consider Kukur Tihar (the day of the dogs) as a special day to recognize and pay tribute to their contribution,” explains police officer Ramesh Pokharelé.

“We have respected, garlanded, revered and nurtured the dogs – not only those who live in homes, but also those who live on the streets. This is how we celebrate this festival,” adds Rishi Ram Paudel, a resident of Kathmandu.

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