Hindu festival celebrates Armed Forces

September 19, 2023
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Traditional dancing.

Highland RFCA Head of Engagement Michelle McKearnon joined Dundee’s Hindu community to celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan on 3 September.

The event – at the Tayside Hindu Cultural and Community Centre in the city’s Taylor’s Lane – was held in honour of the work of the uniformed services, including members of the Armed Forces.

Dundee Lord Provost Bill Campbell, councillors, and representatives from the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Police Scotland, the NHS and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were all in attendance. 

Dundee's Lord Provost.
Dundee’s Lord Provost Bill Campbell.

The term Raksha Bandhan means “bond of protection”, with this year’s festival celebrating the bond between the community and the uniformed services.

The event featured traditional music and dancing and was followed by a feast of delicious South Asian food.

Centre Chair Naina Penman with Major Chloe Tisshaw.
Centre Chair Naina Penman with Army medic, Major Chloe Tisshaw.

Centre Chair Naina Penman said: “We were honoured to have the Lord Provost here with our Armed Forces, police and fire service. It was a great success. A joyful day and everyone had a great time.”