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These pictures of Gurkhas welcoming Dashain in Afghanistan are courtesy of Zehra Mehdi-Barlas. The pictures show Nepalese soldiers from B Company, 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles regiment of the British army preparing a feast during the festival of Dashain in Lashkar Gah district, Helmand province. Dashain, a 15-day Nepalese Hindu national and religious festival, is the country's longest and most auspicious festival. Dashain commemorates the victories of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasur. Goddess Durga is worshiped throughout Nepal as the divine mother goddess. Happy Dashain !
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