Kukur Tihar is a special festival celebrated in Nepal to thank dogs for their loyalty and friendship. It is the only day in our country where most people set aside their differences about street dogs being inferior to pedigreed ones.
Yes, we are so grateful that people are tolerant towards strays at least once a year. But why is that? Why just one day? Because religion tells us to do so? The dogs face a different story of agony for rest of the year. Many live a life without food, shelter and love. Just because we set our differences aside for a day, doesn’t make our everyday wrong doings against these dogs okay.
Please don't let religion bind you to show compassion to the helpless just once a year! It takes nothing from a human to be kind to an animal. Let this Kukur Tihar mark a change in our hearts and minds. Lets speak for the animals who can’t speak up for themselves! Let's give them the love and care they deserve, all year round. We wish you a very Happy Tihar and Diwali from all of us at Project Humane Nepal! May your days be filled with joy and laughter!
P.S.- NO TO FIRECRACKERS, PLEASE!
about thE Author
Angeela Shrestha is a communications and research graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She currently resides in Kathmandu, Nepal with her two rescued dogs Miyu and Rajoo. Angeela is the founder of Project Humane Nepal, a humane education non-profit organization. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org