As I’ve mentioned previously, I happen to work in a very diverse office, I have been fortunate enough to observe all these festive seasons.
Diwali, Festival of lights: A celebration of good triumphing over evil. A time to bemuse your boss and win free dessert from your local Indian buffet. …right?Bursting a long 'loom' - that is how Diwali was heralded at dawn until a few years ago. Gone are those days when Diwali - and its five auspicious days - meant gorging on sweets, sporting new clothes and touching elders' feet for small-time goodies and, of course, bursting crackers. Today, celebrating Diwali means attending Diwali meets organized in the weekends before and after Diwali day, only to tag along with family for that eagerly awaited vacation! With more than 20 per cent people spending their Diwali break touring, the only option they have is to celebrate the festival at their convenience.
Diwali, an Indian festival, is a time for gathering with family and friends and as we experienced in India, celebrating with good food and dancing. It is also a time for contemplation and prayer that serves as a reminder of our obligations to our fellow human beings, especially the less fortunate.
Today, around the world, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebrate the holiday of Diwali - the festival of lights. Many who observe this holiday do so by lighting the diya, or lamp, which symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Celebrating Diwali at work? Diwali 2012 is around the corner!
In this economy, who does not need some prosperity in the office? Diwali is the celebration of a new start, of prosperity, honoring friends and family. So whether you are have an office Diwali party or a quieter celebration of your own, below are some ideas to think about. Do add your own; we would love to hear from you! Below are ideas for both an office party and a personal celebration.
Diwali Party at Work
As workplaces in the US are becoming more multicultural, many workplaces or associations within workplaces are trying to celebrate Diwali and other multicultural festivals.
Note before we start: 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 diya/lamps at work! Unlit diya/lamps work just as well.
- Always accompany children while burning crackers.
- Be alert while burning crackers as clothes are prone to catching fire
- Only buy crackers from authorized dealers in order to ensure its quality
- Have a bucket full of water ready as a precautionary measure
- Avoid putting crackers near diya, candles as they may lead to explosion and may injure you
- Keep all the emergency numbers handy like Police, Ambulance, and Hospital to save the time during emergency.