Indians celebrate the festival of Dussehra in Hong Kong in 1984. Photo: SCMP
Indians celebrate the festival of Dussehra in Hong Kong in 1984. Photo: SCMP
Jason Wordie
Opinion

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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Dussehra, Hindu festival enjoyed by Nepalis in Hong Kong, was the biggest event of the year for their Gurkha soldier forebears in the city

  • Nepalis mark Dussehra in October, and for Gurkha soldiers of the British Army in the city it was the biggest festival of the year and cue for an all-night party
  • Soldiers’ wives wore saris – a rarity – and interspersed with eating, drinking and gambling there were dances and bawdy comic skits featuring cross-dressing men

Indians celebrate the festival of Dussehra in Hong Kong in 1984. Photo: SCMP
Indians celebrate the festival of Dussehra in Hong Kong in 1984. Photo: SCMP
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