I love this following news article. We read atrocious stories about dogs suffering around the World every day. The Yulin festival that happens in China is a typical example. This story is completely opposite and it is a truly heartwarming alternative. Do take the time to absorb the beauty of this story, it goes some way towards reminding us that humanity isn’t totally evil.
You can see the respect that is shown to the dogs in this video
There is an entire day during a festival in Nepal dedicated solely to thanking dogs for their loyalty and friendship. The time itself is called “Diwali” celebrated by Hindus, and is a ‘festival of lights’ celebrated by millions every year in the fall, in india, nepal and elsewhere.
Specific to Nepal, there is a day during this celebration dedicated to all the Dogs, called Kukur Tihar, specifically to thank our 4-legged companions for always being our loyal friends.
Tihar is a five day Hindu festival, but the second day is reserved for our loyal companions.
People offer garlands, tika (a mark worn on the forehead), and delicious food to dogs, and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and dogs.
The garlands are a sign of respect for the animals.
Because dogs are the best people.
So why don’t we get to see the good side to humanity? It is because it doesn’t make big news, and doesn’t have the ‘shock horror’ effect. Don’t get me wrong, the dreadful sights we sometimes witness on our social media sites go some way towards putting an end to the suffering by enabling us to sign petitions and hopefully put pressure on the guilty countries government to end the barbaric events. BUT, in my experience it can have an opposite effect. I find myself quickly skimming over the pictures because in the past they have hurt me terribly. In my mind the beauty of the above festival should be shared, surely it is a start to getting the rest of the World to sit up and ask themselves about the morality of unnecessary animal suffering.
Thank you people of Nepal, you have succeeded in restoring my hope. Let us lead by example, because dogs are worth it!