Why do Hindus Celebrated Tihar ?
Tihar, also known as ‘Dipawali’ or ‘Diwali’ is one of the main festivals of the Hindus. It generally falls on the month of October or November. It is also called the festival of Lights as everyone decorates their house with colorful lights, candles and oil lamps creating a beautiful view.
According to the legends, when Lord Ram defeated Ravan and returned from his fourteen years long exile along with his wife sita and brother laxman, whole Ayodhya celebrated their return by decorating their housed with lights. Since then, it is being pratised every year by the Hindus all over the world as a celebration for victory of good over evil.
Tihar is celebrated for Five days. The First day of Tihar is called ‘Kaag Tihar’. On this day, crows are worshiped and fed. The second day is called ‘Kukur Tihar’ where dogs are worhiped and given tasty treats to eat. The third day is ‘Laxmi Puja’. On this day, Cows are worshiped in the morning and the goddess of wealth, Laxmi Mata is worshiped in the evening. The Next day is ‘Gobardhan Puja’, Where Bulls are worshipped. Finally , the last day is called ‘BhaiTika’. In this day where sister worship their brothers and prepare different sweets and treats for them. In return, the brothers express their gratitude and love through gifts.
In tihar it also include ‘Deusi Bahilos’ where People visit houses to sing dance and everyone gets enjoy. Fireworks can be seen in the sky and every house is lit up with beautiful lights. It is truly a marvelous festival.