Tihar Festival 2014 dates – Diwali Festival in Nepal in 2014

Tihar Festival is a five-day festival which coincides with the Diwali and is mainly observed in Nepal. Tihar 2014 is from October 21 to October 25. It is observed from the 12th day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Kartik Mahina (October – November) to the second day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Hindu calendar in Nepal. Tihar Festival is not only dedicated to Hindu Gods but also to animals and plants.

Tihar festival on October 21, 2014 – The first day of the Tihar festival is dedicated to crow - messenger of Yama, the god of death in Hindu Religion. This day is known as Kag Parva

Tihar festival on  October 22, 2014 – The second day of the Tihar festival is dedicated to Dog and is known as Kukur Tihar.

Tihar festival on  October 23, 2014 – The third day of the festival is the popular Diwali day and on the day cow is worshipped. Special Lakshmi puja is also held on the day.

Tihar festival on  October 24, 2014 – The fourth day is known as Bahar Puja. Newar community observes the New Year on the day. Govardhan Puja is also observed on the day.

Tihar festival on  October 25, 2014 – The fifth day of the festival is dedicated to the relationship of brother and sister. This festival is known as Bhai Tika.


Image courtesy – February 1979, National Geographic magazine