We Nepalese celebrated second largest festival of Hindus which is known as "Tihar". It is celebrated for five holy days and each day is devoted to different parties. Before giving the list here let me tell that "Tihar" is having the celebration of the love and compassion between sisters and brothers.
Here is the list of the occupation of those holy five days:
First Day: Kag Tihar (The Crow Day)
Second Day: Kukur Tihar (The Dog Day)
Third Day: Gai Tihar (Laxmi Puja) (The Cow Day) : Laxmi is the goddes of wealth: Cow is her representative recarnation!
Fourth Day: Goru Tihar (The Ox Day)
Fifth Day: Bhai Tika (The Brothers Day)
All are worshipped and feed with delicious food in their respective days.
Why worship animals?
Crows carry a myth in Hindu religion. They transfer message from one place to other. People pray them to bring them good news of their relatives who are far from them, even away from their nations.
We know dogs protect us from thieves and often they are useful in securing life also. Dogs are the most loyal domestic animals. Then why not to worship them at least once in a year?
Oxen plough our field. They were the major part of production in the past agriculture era. Still they support production in farming. Oxen are also user to draw carts.
Cows give us milk. Cows are worshipped in the name of goddes of wealth: goddes Laxmi( she is the wife of God Bishnu who once came to the earth in the name of Krishna and Krishna is the one who played a major role in the great Hindu epics "Mahabharata").
In the last day, sisters worship their brothers and give delicious food with a great variety .
Special Song: "Deusi and Bhaili"
The night of the Cows day is celebrated by youths by playing a program called "Bhaili" in which they form their own group and go to households and sing the song which mainly address the household to provide them with money, grains and other things. The same repeats the next night in the name of "Deusi". Both are very popular programs.
Tihar is the festival of love and peace. Besides its cultural value it is eco-friendly too. Tihar sprays the message of love of brothers and sisters as well as makes people conscious of their animal friends: birds, dogs, oxen, crows.