Tihar: (the festival of lights) :

 This festival of lights that falls between October and November is the second biggest festival after Dashain. This festival lasts for five days and people worship Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. All the houses are cleaned, get new painted and decorated with various colored lights in the belief that Goddess Laxmi will enter the house on the auspicious day. In the evening of the day people lit candles, oil lamps and other lights and the whole place looks illuminating. During the five days, crows, dogs and cows are worshipped and honored with vermilion, garland and delicious food for what they have done in the lives of humans. Crows are regarded as the messenger that brought news even during the times when there were no postmen and no postal services. Dogs are the most obedient animals and they guard our house as true guardians. Cow is also a symbol of wealth in Hinduism and she is also the national animal of Nepal. During Tihar, the Newar community in Nepal also observes Mha puja, a ritual of worshipping one's own body. On this very day, the Newari New Year which is also known as Nepal Sambat begins. The festival ends with Bhai Tika, on this day sisters worship thier brothers for their long and healthy life to safeguard the lives of sisters.