We collected the information for our explanation of Diwali from Dogster.com
Diwali, one of the great celebrations in the Hindu calendar, is a five-day autumn festival generally known as the festival of lights. Each day has its own focus, and specific observances vary from one denomination of Hinduism to another. Regardless of regional and denominational differences, Diwali is a period of gift-giving, storytelling, and recognition of the relationships humans have with all things.
Diwali for Dogs: The Garland
Diwali for Dogs: The Tika
Diwali for Dogs: Food Offerings
Real Dog Moms of Chicago has partnered with Utsab, the owner of The Amazing Paw dog walking company and native to Nepal, to bring together a local celebration of our dogs. Together with One Tail At A Time we will be hosting a beautiful evening on October 26th at One Tail At A Time’s Adoption Center to bless our beloved dogs both those with homes and those waiting for homes. Every detail has been carefully planned in honor of the Hindu tradition. Utsab’s mother will be flying in from Nepal and teaching Jessica (rdmoc) and Heather (OTAT) how to perform the blessing alongside her, as well as bringing in traditional items for the tika, garland and food offerings. We are very excited to share, honor and experience this wonderful celebration with our community.
Tickets for this event will be on sale October 1, 2019 and will include traditional tea and small bites from Nepal, as well as local food & beverage items. Somewhere in my googling I saw that gambling, especially card games are also popular parts of the festivities and are considered auspicious. We will be hosting raffle items to raise more money for One Tail at a Time and a dog shelter in Nepal. Tickets will be on sale before the blessing and winner selected after the blessing in celebration.
P.S. If you are a local business that would like to donate high quality dog treats (shaped like fish, ideally), marigold flowers for the garland or financial donations to help cover the cost of the perishable items we would love to talk to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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