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Celebrating Diwali at Work

We are lucky to be in a company that encourages cultural expression, in this way we are able to learn from each other. The days of Diwali vary each year, for 2017, Diwali starts on Thursday October 19.  We started early, we gathered decorations, enlisted volunteers, and we made a budget for a catered lunch rather than a potluck so that everyone could come and relax.  Diwali is the Festival of Lights, and focuses on the triumph of good over evil. I am not an expert at all, but I can say that I had so much fun!  We planned many activities, with many traditional stories from co-workers and other stories from new friends. Everyone was lovely, colorful and happy. All this at work? Wow!

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All the food was fantastic, that we had for our celebration!  There are unlimited recipes online to learn more about ingredients and how to make your own.  Diwali Recipes.

There are many activities and customs it is exciting to participate – my favorite things were:

  • * Our lunch room (boring) was transformed with  COLOR and LIGHTS, flowers and hanging pictures.

* The food was so delicious, spicy, with so many flavors …  saag paneer is my favorite (spinach with cheese cubes). We had butter chicken, naan, spicy beef, lentils that were so yummy and many sweets.

*Rangoli (beautiful chalk drawings), we put ours on the table, but they can be on the floor

*Everyone dressed up in bright colors, some people came in traditional dress, we brought scarves to add to our work clothes to make them festive.

 

Celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights, which has several  rituals for each day:

  1. On the first day of the festival, observers clean their homes.
  2. On the second, people decorate their homes with colorful floor patterns called “rangoli.”
  3. The third day, which is the main day of the festival, is when the lamps are lit and prayers are offered to goddess Lakshmi and then a whole evening of feasts and festivities follows.
  4. Day four is a significant day that celebrates wives and husbands.
  5.  The final day celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters.

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