Live from Kathmandu - Nepal's Day of the Dog 2011
Live from Kathmandu - The festival of Tihar continues

Live from Kathmandu: Tihar and the Festival of Lights


IIt is an exciting time to be in Kathmandu.   Last night was the 3rd day of the Tihar festival.   This day was dedicated to Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth.   Every Hindu home and business was lit with candles, clay oil pots or strings of lights leading Laxmi to their homes.

The streets were festooned with strings of lights and crowded with revellers, intent on leading luck and good fortune their way.

I caught this pretty lady decorating the entrance to her family business - asking Laxmi to bestow wealth.  Dressed in her red curta with a trim of flowers, carrying a tray of marigolds, she was happy to pose for a photo.

Garlands of marigolds hang from every doorway.

These young girls were giggling and laughing as they closed the metal doors of their shop.   I couldn't resist a photo of them dressed in their Tihar best.

Jackie and Batuli, my Nepali Shikuri Kukur friends, hate the fireworks.   Fireworks have been banned this year and there were a lot less than usual, however.

Meanwhile, this morning around the Boudha Stupa gate, these young artists are making a lovely mandala, right in the road!

More tomorrow.   Please stay tuned for more Live from Kathmandu.


If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles before the end of December, you can see 60 Nepal Art Dogs at The Loft at Liz's Gallery at 435 S. La Brea LA  90036.   Part of an exhibit titled "Fair Trade", a total of 28 artists are represented in the exhibit so you can get an idea of their varying styles.


Your pet can be immortalized on metal by struggling Nepali signboard artists whose hand-painted work is being replaced by digital graphics.   Find out how below.

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:

You will be happy you did!


Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   I am now in Kathmandu.   Orders now being accepted for October/November 2011 trip.   All signs will be ready with plenty of time to mail for the holidays.



1.   Please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out, be framed or unframed.

2.   Let me know what you would like it to say.

That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

Send your photo to or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!



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Hi Michelle & Dan , love your photos esp of the 2 girls .I did not know that you had left already.
Looking fwd to more photos & blog
Love from , Linda & Alan oxoxox

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