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October 18th, 2017

Honouring our dogs on Diwali

Of all the Diwali traditions, including getting my jolly coloured pots painted red by the gardener – grrrr – (see yesterday’s blog post 😛  😛 ) Kukur Puja is my favourite.

Kukur Puja or Kukur Tihar is actually a Nepalese festival, honouring dogs on the 2nd day of Diwali.

Here’ a link to good ol’ Wikipedia for you, which explains this Nepalese tradition.

This morning, our (Nepalese) Gurkha staff prepp-ed for the puja, with marigold garlands, sindoor for the dogs’ foreheads & 2 biscuits apiece.  Not dog biscuits, please note, but pukka Britannia biscuits:

Tommy waiting anxiously:

We decided to do the puja in my mother-in-law’s garden downstairs, so while everyone was faffing around, getting organised, Basant put the dogs through their paces.  Basant is a fairly new addition to our household, since Suraj went back to Nepal, and he has instinctively taken over the dog training, even putting stubbornly-un-trick-performing little Tommy through his paces:

And then Yoko, who will do any trick required, if food is the end game:

Then the puja itself.  Too cute:

The finished product:

Both boys seemed pretty chuffed with their morning:

And hours after, they are still wearing their marigold garlands.  They seem to be lolling around even more than usual today, so clearly know it’s their day 🙂

Lovely tradition.  Happy dogs.

And in the interests of our family canine history, here’s a link to a post I wrote about Kukur puja 2 years ago 🙂

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