5 International Festivals That Prove It's a Dog’s World
We have said it before, and we'll say it again, it's a dog's world, and we just live in it! You may treat your pup like royalty every day of the year, but here's a look at some official days that celebrate dogs in a big way.
1. St. Roch's Day
St. Roch is the Catholic patron saint of dogs. Legend has it that one day, St. Roch stumbled into the woods, hurt, sick and dying until he met a hunting dog that licked and healed his wounds. Countries like Bolivia celebrate St. Roch's Day on August 16 with special parades where dogs dress up and march.
2. Kukur Tihar
Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, and one day of this festival is devoted to the worship of dogs. In Nepal, the holiday of Kukur Tihar is celebrated by decorating dogs with flower garlands and ceremonial paint to represent that they are in everyone's prayers and thoughts. The best part of this holiday, for the pups at least, is that offerings of food are given to every dog and placed on the street for strays as well.
3. Chinese New Year Dog Birthday
There are 15 days in the Chinese New Year, and each day represents the day that an animal or human was created in Chinese mythology. Day two of this celebration commemorates the birth of the first dog. As a result, every year this is the official dog birthday of China, and all dogs—even strays—are fed well.
4. St. Francis Day
October 4 marks the feast day of St. Francis, the Catholic patron saint of animals. In Italy, hundreds of people bring their animals to church to hear a special mass and to have their animals blessed by a priest.
5. Tompkins Square Park Halloween Parade
This Halloween parade has been going on for over 25 years in New York City. Every year, pets flock to this dog park in their best duds, all vying to win big at the costume contest. Apart from looking scary cute, the contest winners also go home with cash prizes.
Now that you have an idea of how dogs are celebrated around the world, why not tell us how you make your dog feel special? Share your story in the comments section below.
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