In the past few months, the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China has made rounds on social media. During that time, thousands of animals, particularly dogs, are slain and eaten as part of the celebration. However, this tradition has gotten the attention of the world. People are now signing petitions with an aim to stop this annual Chinese festival.
As the odd festival went viral, many diverted their attention to another celebration that honors animals in the best possible way—Nepal’s Kukur Tihar Festival.
Every October, the entire country of Nepal celebrates the animals, much like they would during the Festival of Lights or Diwali. Instead of slaughtering animals, they celebrate their existence by covering them with colorful dyes and garlands. Not only are the ordinary dogs given honor in this five-day festival, on the second day, competitions are held for police dogs in recognition of their service.
According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur,
The first day is dedicated to the worshipping of the crow, considered the messenger of death or Yamaraj by Hindus. The dog is worshipped as the representation of the Hindu god Bhairav on the second day. The third day is dedicated to the cow, considered the representation of the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. The bull is worshipped as the representation of the earth on the fourth day.”
The fifth and final day of the festival is dedicated to sisters honoring their brothers.