Glimpses of how dogs are worshipped in two contrasting worlds, Nepal and Japan.
Kukur Tihar is the annual day of dogs in Nepal.
On this day, dogs — regarded as guardians and messengers of Yama — are worshipped by offering garlands, flowers, vermilion powder and bread.
The Central Police Dog Training School in Kathmandu even conferred dogs with medals for their contributions to security and help in solving the cases.
Shichi-Go-San in Japan is performed for children aged 3, 5 and 7 who visit a Shinto shrine along with their parents to thank the Gods for their growth and to pray for bright future.
The Japanese specially perform Shichi-Go-San for their pet dogs as well at the Zama shrine in Zama, Kanagawa prefecture.
In Japanese, Shichi-go-san means seven, five, and three.
Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com and Anant Salvi/ Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/Rediff.com
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