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Tihar celebrated in Baksa dist

By ANN Service

MUSHALPUR, Nov 6 - Along with Shyama puja, Tihar was celebrated by the Gorkha community with traditional gaiety in Baksa district.

The celebration started with Kak (crow) Tihar by keeping aside rice and edibles for the crows in the open on October 28. It was followed by kukur (dog) Tihar on October 29 where dogs are garlanded with marigold flowers and offered food. Gaai (cow) Tihar was ceremonially celebrated on October 30 worshipping cows by bathing, garlanding and feeding them with special food. The same evening Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and houses are illuminated on the occasion of Dipawali.

Groups of women visit house to house in the neighbourhood singing �Vaili� and blessing the household. The fourth day is Goru (bull) Tihar when bulls are bathed, their hooves are oiled, garlanded and fed with special food. On this day, group of men visit house to house singing �Deusi� which is the story of Lord Rama in the form of songs. �Bhatri Dwitiya� or �Bhai Tika� was celebrated on November 1 where sisters put bhaitika on the forehead of their brothers praying for the long life of their brothers. Gifts are offered to each other as a token of love and blessings. �Sell roti�, a special delicacy of semi-liquid sweet rice powder dipped in mustard oil in the shape of rings is prepared on this occasion.

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Tihar celebrated in Baksa dist

MUSHALPUR, Nov 6 - Along with Shyama puja, Tihar was celebrated by the Gorkha community with traditional gaiety in Baksa district.

The celebration started with Kak (crow) Tihar by keeping aside rice and edibles for the crows in the open on October 28. It was followed by kukur (dog) Tihar on October 29 where dogs are garlanded with marigold flowers and offered food. Gaai (cow) Tihar was ceremonially celebrated on October 30 worshipping cows by bathing, garlanding and feeding them with special food. The same evening Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and houses are illuminated on the occasion of Dipawali.

Groups of women visit house to house in the neighbourhood singing �Vaili� and blessing the household. The fourth day is Goru (bull) Tihar when bulls are bathed, their hooves are oiled, garlanded and fed with special food. On this day, group of men visit house to house singing �Deusi� which is the story of Lord Rama in the form of songs. �Bhatri Dwitiya� or �Bhai Tika� was celebrated on November 1 where sisters put bhaitika on the forehead of their brothers praying for the long life of their brothers. Gifts are offered to each other as a token of love and blessings. �Sell roti�, a special delicacy of semi-liquid sweet rice powder dipped in mustard oil in the shape of rings is prepared on this occasion.