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RC(SW): Gurkhas celebrate Hindu festival in Helmand

September 30, 2011

The soldiers of B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) celebrated the Hindu festival of Dashain earlier this week, at Patrol Base Chilli, near Helmand’s provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

Gurkhas celebrate the Hindu festival of Dashain at Patrol Base Chilli

Gurkhas from B Company, 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, celebrate the Hindu festival of Dashain at Patrol Base Chilli, near Lashkar Gah. Picture: Leading Airman (Photographer) Andy Laidlaw, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011

Dashain is known as the largest and most important religious festival of the year in Nepal, homeland of the Gurkhas. Report by Petty Officer 1st Class Kurt Wesseling III, US Navy/ISAF.

Major Jamie Murray, Officer Commanding B Company, said the point of the ceremony is to honour the Hindu gods–particularly Durga Mata, the goddess of war.

“What the Gurkhas do in this instance is pay their respects to that goddess and therefore bless and hope that the Battalion is blessed as a result,” he explained.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Claudio Alpaca permalink
    September 30, 2011 17:14

    A moment of happyness on the contest of the war is positive.
    The important is not down attention, for not pay on terms of life on a moment of celebration and relaxation. I am sure that I say a knowned reality, but attention is never excedent on a country that has given more demonstration of taliban cowardy.
    Claudio Alpaca

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