21 October 2023
Tumpek Kandang a day dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva Pasupati, the God of animals, by thanking and showing appreciation for the animals accompanying and enriching our lives.
This day, all animals are honoured, without exception – from dogs and cats to chickens, pigs, and cows, for the parts they play in our lives, providing protection, companionship, and even assistance in ploughing the fields. Animals are decorated in beautiful cloth, decorative ornaments, and flowers, prayed over, blessed, and fed special foods.
The Tumpek Kandang celebration reminds us all to have compassion and respect for all living creatures. We hope that this message will extend into the animals’ daily lives and that all living beings are afforded this appreciation every day of the year.