Leo Docherty MP was delighted to be invited by the Shiva Cultural and Community Centre, Aldershot to join members of the local Nepali Community at their annual Dashain prayers and celebrations on Saturday 5th October.
Dashain is a time for family reunions, and the exchange of gifts and blessings. It is the longest Hindu festival in Nepal and is traditionally celebrated over two weeks, with prayers and offerings to Durga - the Universal Mother Goddess. Durga symbolises valor and prowess, and is worshipped and offered sacrifices to ensure the devotees' progress and prosperity.
Leo said: "I was honoured to have been asked to join local Nepali Hindus for their Dashain prayers and celebrations. Thank you to Chairman Rohit Gurung, and his fantastic team of Trustees, for their incredibly kind invitation and very warm welcome. I was pleased to be joined by Rushmoor Council Leader David Clifford, as well as the Borough's first and newly-elected Nepali Councillor Prabesh KC."