Sunday, March 28, 2010

Retreat Ceremony at the “Berlin wall of Asia”

The Wagah border often called the "Berlin wall of Asia",is a ceremonial border on India – Pakistan Border, where each evening, there is a retreat ceremony called 'lowering of the flags'.

At that time there is a very energetic and thrilling parade by the Border Security Force (B.S.F), India and the Pakistan Rangers soldiers. It may appear slightly aggressive and even hostile to foreigners, but it really is just spectacular entertainment for the crowds with grandstands having been built on both sides. Troops of each country put on quite an entertaining show in their uniforms with their colorful turbans. 

For 45 minutes every sunset they high kick, stamp, speed march and shout their way through a choreographed routine that ends in the lowering of both flags and the slamming of the border gates.

The "retreat ceremony", the traditional way to end hostilities for the day, is a lot less aggressive than it used to be - and any tension is cheered away by the baying crowd of thousands who pack the stadiums on either side every night.

video (and further info) at:

I just saw a nature show on outlandish and intricate animal mating displays
This should have been included !

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