This week marked the celebration on Tihar and Deepwali in Nepal. Tihar is celebrated for five days with each day having a different meaning.
Yesterday was day three better known as Laxmi Puja,a day to celebrate the goddess of wealth. Here are some pictures from the celebration of Laxmi Puja
According to the Nepal festival site, On this day, early in the morning the cow is worshipped. Tika is put on her head and a garland around her neck then she feasts with delicious food. A cow also symbolises wealth and she is the most holy animal for Hindus. Cow is the national animal of Nepal.
In the evening goddess laxmi is worshipped. Days before the house are cleansed and decorated. For goddess likes clean and tidy places. In the evening a small potion of the house out side the main door is painted red with red mud and an oil lamp is lit on it. A pathway is made from here to the place where the old money box and valuables are kept in the house that is the puja room. All the Nepalese have a box where from generation to generation money is put every year worshipping goddess laxmi. This money is never used unless extreme emergency. The entire house is decorated with lit oil lamps in every doors and windows.
Laxmi, goddess of wealth is worshipped performing traditional rituals and when the rituals are over then gambling in the house starts. This is a festival when gambling is not illegal. On this day throughout the evening groups of boys come to houses singing song of praise of the goddess and they are taken as guests and given gifts. This day the entire place is lively through out the night.