Indian, US troops celebrate Basant Panchami in Rajasthan

Indian and the US army troops exercise danced to a different tune in a break from their joint exercises underway in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges (MFFR) in Rajasthan's Bikaner when they jointly celebrated Basant Panchami, India's spring festival, with gusto

Feb 18, 2021
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Indian and the US army troops exercise danced to a different tune in a break from their joint exercises underway in Mahajan Field Firing Ranges (MFFR) in Rajasthan's Bikaner when they jointly celebrated Basant Panchami, India's spring festival, with gusto.

Joint military exercises between the two armies are underway since February 8 and will continue till February 21.

On Tuesday, a colourful celebration of Basant Panchami was held by the US army personnel along with their Indian counterparts. The US soldiers were seen dancing to mesmerising Punjabi music and wearing colourful Indian attire. Kite flying and camel rides were other interesting parts of the festive celebration.

In fact, the US Army's 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team posted a beautiful dance video on their social media handle and also shared a post extending warm wishes for a happy and healthy spring.

"Thanks to our gracious hosts from the #IndianArmy @adgpi, 11th Battalion Jammu And Kashmir Rifles, for inviting us to this beautiful celebration during #YudhAbhyas," said a tweet posted by 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team on their official Twitter handle 1SBCT_Ghost.

They also extended warm wishes on Basant Panchami in their other tweet and said, "Happy Basant Panchami to our Indian friends & partners! We are grateful to be with you in India for Exercise #YudhAbhyas & happy to celebrate this day together. Warm wishes for a happy & healthy spring!"

On February 6, the 270-strong US Army contingent, comprising a Brigade Headquarters and a Battalion group of 2nd Battalion, the 3rd Infantry Regiment of 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team landed at Suratgarh.

The 14-day schedule is focused upon joint training on counter insurgency environment under United Nations mandate.

(IANS)

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