Kathmandu, Nepal: Tihar, which is also called Yama Panchak, the festival of lights, has begun from today.
Hindus across the world including the Nepalese used to celebrate the festival with much more fanfare.
The festival is celebrated for five days by performing various rituals. The first day (today) is called Kaag (crow) Tihar. People worship crows, which are considered as the messenger of death in Hindu tradition, by offering various delicious.
The second day is Kukur Tihar. The second day of the festival is dedicated to dogs and worship dogs owing to their religious significance as the guard of Lord Yama.
The third day is called Gai Tihar, which is also known as Laxmi pooja. The festival used to mark by worshipping of cows. The day holds great significance in the Hindu tradition.
The fourth day of Tihar is Govardan Pooja. The day used to be celebrated by worshipping of oxen.
And, lastly, fifth day is known as Bhai Tika. On this day, sisters apply Paanch Rangi Tika to their brothers wishing them a long life and prosperity. The Tika used to prepare by combining of different five colors including yellow, green, red, blue and white.
The government has announced a three-day public holiday starting from Laxmi Puja to Bhai Tika from November 7 to 9.
The auspicious hour for Bhai Tika this year is 11:55 am on Friday, November 9, according to the Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee.