We stare up at the stars, bask in the light of the sun, tell ghost stories by flashlight, and light candles in the dark.

We light candles in joy and in sorrow, in hope for the future, and in honour of the past.

Across all cultures and throughout history, humans have embraced the fragile beauty of the flickering candle. Beaten back the darkness with these delicate dewdrops of flame.

Woven into this human struggle is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A celebration of peace and joy, the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness. A holiday marked with flowers, food, family—and candles.

In Nepal, where Diwali is called Tihar, the celebration extends to dogs. As a thank you for the service they provide, dogs are given special treats and decorated with vermillion powder and marigold petals.

If the dogs prefer the food to the flowers, they haven’t said.


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