The second day of the Tihar festival is devoted to the dog. This Hindu festival lasts for 5 days and is also known as Diwalli in India.
Tihar is a 5-day festival and these garlands will be used on Gai Puja (Day of the Cow) and then there is Laxmi Puja - the Festival of Lights. More on that tomorrow. Suffice it to say that this is a magnificent time to be in Nepal with the lights and the festoons of colorful marigold garlands on every doorway.
Even the Buddhist dogs of Boudha get into the act. Tihar is a Hindu holiday. Many of the dogs around the stupa were decorated. This dog got a mala (Nepali garland of marigolds) and a tika (red blessing on the forehead) and no doubt a lot of food treats on this special day.
My old friend Batuli relaxes on her front porch. That malla did not last much longer before she threw it off! She enjoyed the local Tibetan treat of Kopsey, a delicious concoction of butter, sugar and flour as her special treat.
I am in Nepal right now and accepting orders.
Since there is expected political unrest in Nepal in November, please get your orders in early...
Now is the time to order: Be ahead of the Pack! Orders now being accepted for the November 2013 trip. I will be back in early December 2013 in plenty of time to mail holiday orders.
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.
2. Let me know what you would like it to say.
3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer: naive, realistic, colorful, etc.
4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.
5. Send your photo to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
The cost is $250 plus shipping. Shipping is around $18 per sign (to
and from the US). And 9.75% California sales tax for California
Pay after choosing your portrait.
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).
If you have already ordered the price will remain the same, forever. ie, if you are one of the lucky ones who ordered in 2007, your price will never change.
Let's keep these artists painting.
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!