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Tihar begins, Kaag Tihar being observed today

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KATHMANDU — Tihar, the second largest festival of the Nepali Hindus begins from today.  Also known as Yampanchak,  the festival is observed for five days.

Decorating homes with colorful lights, flowers and oil-fed lamps as well as eating various delicacies including sweets and sel roti are part of this festival of lights. Playing of deusi bhailo and worshipping of different animals and birds are also significant aspect of this festival.

The first day of the festival is observed as Kaag Tihar. The day is observed by feeding crows, regarded as messengers in the Nepali society.

The second day is Kukur Tihar (worship of the dogs) , the third day is Gai Tihar and Laxmi Pooja (worship of the cows in the morning and Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth in the Hindu mythology in the evening and the fourth day is Goru Pooja (worship of the oxen).

Tihar is also a festival of bonding between brothers and sisters which is celebrated as Bhai Tika. On the occasion of Bhai Tika, the last (fifth) day of Tihar, that falls on October 21 this year, sisters put Tika wishing for longevity and prosperity of their brothers, while brothers, in turn, give gifts and pledge to take care of their sisters.

The auspicious hour for the Bhai Tika this Tihar is at 11:51 am, according to the Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee.

The government has announced a three-day public holiday starting from Laxmi Pooja to Bhai Tika i.e. from October 19 to 21.

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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