KATHMANDU, Nepal - The festival of dogs, Kukur Tihar, is being celebrated across the country on Sunday to mark the second day of the Yamapanchak or Tihar festival. Tihar is the Nepali Hindus' second most important festival.
On this day, the dog, an animal well known for being a trustworthy sentry and a faithful companion of humans since ancient times, is worshipped once a year.
This day, people worship the dog, decorate it, and feed it delicious food.
In Nepal, security forces have used trained dogs in crime investigations. Police dogs are trained to search for narcotics, explosives, lost persons, and dead bodies, in addition to assisting police and other law enforcement officials with their duties. They are also taught to protect their handlers while searching crime scenes for evidence.
Armed Police Force personnel worshipped their service dogs with colorful garlands and vermillion colors on the occasion of Kukur Tihar on Sunday morning at the APF dog section in Naikap, Kathmandu.