Hundreds attend special event organised to celebrate Nepalese festivals and bring generations in the community closer together
A festival to celebrate a busy month in the Nepalese calendar was organised in Aldershot by some young friends in the town.
The Nepalese festivals of Dashain, a much-anticipated 15-day-long celebration, and Tihar, a five-day festival which follows soon after, are celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the world.
An authentic festival was held in the Princes Hall on Sunday (October 20) from 4pm and featured live music, singing and cultural dances.
It was organised by Sandesh Gurung, 22, Nabin Serchan, 23, Prince Gurung, 21, and Santosh Gurung, 21. The friends were aiming to unite people in Aldershot, especially the different generations in the Nepalese community and so they mixed traditional entertainment with more modern acts, such as Shreya Rai who has become an internet sensation for her singing.
"There is a huge generation gap in the Nepalese community so we wanted to close that," said Sandesh. "Some of the older generation were born in Nepal and have a different way of doing things, whereas a lot of the younger generation were brought up in this country."
The friends approached Nepalese businesses in Aldershot to raise funds for the festival and were encouraged by the response.
"It's a festive period for the Nepalese and there's never been a show as such before, so we wanted to bring everyone together," said Sandesh.
"We had around 250 to 300 people come to the event and we hope to run it again next year."