Every year, millions of Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil with preparations and celebrations that typically last five days. In Nepal, one day of the festivities is set aside to celebrate the relationship that humans have with their canine friends.
Over the five-day celebration, Hindus give gifts and tell stories. But on the second day, it all goes to the dogs. It's called Kukur Tihar, or Swanti in the Newar region of Nepal. And it's a day to pay homage to dogs and their loyal companionship.
On this day, dogs are given garlands, a mark on the forehead called tika and all of the delicious food they can eat. Canine companions are also anointed with a red powder on their heads as a sign of their sacredness.
And the best part is that all dogs are given the royal treatment — pets and strays alike. On Kukur Tihar, Nepal goes completely to the dogs. And dog lovers around the world celebrate.
Here's a video of 5-year-old Labrador Zazu taking part in the tradition: