Join Us! A Parade to Honor Dogs
On Sunday, September 20 at 3 p.m., we’re honoring a tradition observed in Nepal called Kukur Tihar, or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs). Susan Walke, who served in the foreign service in Nepal and took part in the ceremony with her own dog, Mika, recently told us more about the Nepali tradition and is helping us plan the event.
Just as they do in Nepal once a year, we’ll dress our dogs in marigold garlands, decorate their foreheads with colored powder (tika) and give them delicious treats. In Nepal, families perform these rituals at home, but here we will gather together and take our dogs on a parade through the neighborhood.
We’ll start at the Del Ray Pocket Park on the corner of E. Del Ray and Commonwealth where we’ll decorate the dogs. Then, we’ll walk together through town to the Simpson Dog Park. There, we’ll mingle with members of the Nepali community and meet organizers of the Simpson Park renovation project, while our dogs romp and play and have their photos taken!
Please register for each dog you want to honor in our parade. We have a limited number of tickets available to make sure we will have enough marigold garlands to go around. Don’t have a dog? That’s ok! Join us at the Pocket Park and follow along as we celebrate our beloved pets.
If you have marigolds we can use, please let us know in the comments!