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Diwali

Posted on 04 November 2015 by admin

What is Diwali?

In Hindu tradition, Diwali honours Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth and other Diwali legends. It is also referred to as the festival of lights and celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

When is Diwali?

Diwali is a five-day festival tied into the Hindu calendar that typically takes place between mid-October and mid-November, beginning on Wednesday 11 November in 2015.

What do people do during Diwali?

Practices and observances throughout Diwali vary considerably.

Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people’s homes.

The festival is also associated with large firework displays, spring-cleaning the home, wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts and preparing festive meals.

PERSONAL DIWALI CELEBRATION AT WORK

If your diwali celebration at work is more of a personal event, you can think about clearing and decorating your cube. In addition to the ideas there, you can bring in photos from your home or your kids celebrating Diwali and put them up in your cube or office for the day. They can be great conversation starters, and more importantly create a festive mood.

Bring in some dry fruits or the gold and silver coin candies to hand out the people who come to your cube or office that day.

Since it is more about your personal celebrations, don’t feel shy to wear a Diwali specific item or a screensaver (if your office rules permit) or cube decorations.

DIWALI PARTY AT WORK

As workplaces in Canada are becoming more multicultural, many workplaces or associations within workplaces are trying to celebrate diwali and other multicultural festivals.

When celebrating at work, there are many things to remember.

Sensitivity to your coworkers is one.

Second is remembering concerns and restrictions around allergies, fire safety, building rules.

Please check all of this from preventing the event from deteriorating into a mish mash of hurt emotions or reprimands. Remember to consider safety first and all building rules before lighting diyas at work! Unlit diyas work just as well.

Ideas to celebrate diwali at work:

o          Take beautiful Indian tablecloths or bed sheets to cover the tables in your cafetaria or office venue.

o          Create centerpieces by using unlit decorated diyas, empty containers of firecrackers, dry fruits and nuts. Dont light the diyas unless allowed by the office and then too carefully. Or create traditional rangoli or rangoli with colored rice.

o          Use traditional Indian flowers like marigold to decorate.

o          Print out traditional diwali images for a collage for your notice board.

o          Play some bollywood or other Indian music and if allowed. Some offices actually get people to teach bollywood dancing!

o          Serve Indian food, or sweets or just deserts, dry fruits, snacks (such as pita chips)

o          Have dishes of gold and silver coin chocolates to take away

o          Read up on Diwali traditions and reasons, and be ready to explain to all the people who show up.

o          Serve a cake with firecracker candles (if allowed by building people and HR)

o          Play a slideshow of Diwali images on TV

o          If its a large party, you can call a henna artist in for the event.

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