The Festival of Lights illuminating our lives

The Festival of Lights illuminating our lives

Lights, colorful decorations, scrumptious sweets, singing, and dancing – Tihar is a much-awaited festival in Nepal. 

After the Dashain festival, Tihar is the second most popular festival in Nepal. This 5-day celebration, also known as the festival of lights, is the pinnacle of decoration and lightning that adorns each and every household across the country.

While there are many stories that explain the origins of the festival, the most popular relates to Yama, the God of Death, and his sister, Yamuna. 

Yama was very busy with his work. Yamuna wanted to visit him so she used many mediums like crows, cows, and dogs to send him a message. When they finally met, Yamuna presented him with Globe Amaranth Garland (Makhamali) and five colored tikkas. 

She also circled her brother with mustard oil, flowers, and dubo. Every year sisters follow the same ritual to ensure long life and health for their brothers. 

Tihar is a reminder to cherish our loved ones and embrace hope for a better future.

Apala wishes you all a very happy and joyous Tihar.