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Yes, it's that time of the year when as in Nepal, the UK-based Nepalese community spread across England, Wales and Scotland rejoice at the advent of the New Year. The buzz created in planning local community-based new year celebration events (including the Nepali New Year) are certainly both contagious (in a good way) and irrepressible. On the celebration evening, we deck ourselves in the grandest attires and feast on the best delicacies that we can afford, and sing, clap and dance the night away with loved ones, relatives, fellow community members and invited dignitaries. Year on year, the routine continues and so it should, afterall, the New Year celebrations only take place once a year.
The celebration events also often provide good opportunity to raise some vital funds for the community itself, through ticket sales. So often though, valuable opportunities at these events are missed or overlooked i.e. to raise funds for local charities. Since we are here for the long run, if we start collections at our celebration events in support of local charities every year, then the 34 different established Gurkha Nepalese communities spread across UK will each year be able to support 34 different charities. In years to come, we will have supported numerous local charities in different parts of UK in this way. By so doing, our communities will reap immeasurable goodwill, demonstrate our giving nature and show our younger generation examples worthy of emulating as kind, considerate human beings. That will be another feather in the cap of the Gurkha Nepalese community's legendary legacy.
As we have been doing so far, Gurkhas.com hereby pledges to highlight every one of such worthy deeds, year on year.
Also, we have a small request to all parents and guardians out there. Even whilst going through difficult dual or multiple transitional phases (e.g. adolescence to adulthood, adjusting to both Nepali and British culture), so many of our young people have already proved to us through their achievements that it isn't always us older people who talk sense and ought to be listened to. Indeed, if we analyse our collective situation, we have little to lose and much to gain by appreciating and encouraging our kids in honing their individual special skills and abilities because so often, we 'kill' their ambitions and self-belief by us dictating what they should become or how they are faring in comparison to other kids/their counterparts. If we don't stop dictating, then we will continue to help 'manufacture' and mould another 'employee' for the big industries, not help another entrepreneur or inventor fulfil his/her full potential. Between these two, who has made the biggest difference in the course of history of mankind?
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and encouraging more of our valued visitors to send in inspiring stories and articles,
Very warm regards from
The Gurkhas.com team.
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