15 Typical Photos of Bhai Tika In Tihar Festival of Nepal
Tihar ( तिहार in Nepali language) is the 2nd biggest festival of Nepal. After Dashain, Tihar is major and important festival of Nepal. Tihar is also known as Deepawali in terai region of Nepal and Deepawali and Diwali in India. Tihar / Deepawali / Diwali is a five-day-long Hindu and Buddist festival celebrated in Nepal.
Tihar comes 20 days after Dashain festival (from the day of Dashami) of Nepal. Tihar / Deepawali / Diwali starts with Kaag Puja (worship of crow) and ends with Bhai Tika. One day, Deepawali is celebrated.
On the day of Laxmi puja, Hindu goddess Laxmi is worshiped. In Hindu culture, goddess Laxmi is respected as Goddess of wealth. Similar to Bhai tikais celebrated to worship brothers for their long life.
However, all ethnic groups celebrate this festival. According to Nepali calendar, Tihar falls in Kartik- Mangsir month. It means according to Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna to Katrik Shukla Dwitiya every year.
The fifth and last day of Tihar is Bhai Tika, a day where sisters put Tika on foreheads of brothers, to ensure long life, and thank them for the protection they give. When the sisters give the tika, the brothers give gifts or money in return.
A special garland is made for the brothers out of a flower that wilts only after a couple of months, symbolizing the sister’s prayer for her brother’s long life.