Diwali, a Kurta, and Me.

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I received this in my in-box this morning. It is important to note here that I work in the Global Support department…

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On Friday this week India celebrates Diwali, one of the most glamorous and important festival in India that stretches across all religions and regions. Some would describe Diwali as being similar to Christmas here in the USA.

The celebration of Diwali includes firecrackers, light decorations, decorated homes, special sweets, and thousands of lamps to create a “world of fantasy”. The ancient story of how Diwali evolved into such a widely celebrated festival is different in various regions and states of India.
In the north Diwali is the day when King Rama’s coronation was celebrated in Ayodhya after his epic war with Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.
By order of the royal families, the kingdom of which Sita was princess, the cities and far-flung boundaries of these kingdoms were lit up with rows of lamps, glittering on dark nights to welcome home the divine king Rama and his queen Sita after 14 years of exile, ending with an across-the-seas war in which the whole of the kingdom of Lanka was destroyed.

As one of our cross cultural initiatives in Global Support we will also be celebrating Diwali. The Irvine and Dublin offices will be celebrating Diwali one day early due to travel to the UGC. We do this to try to bridge the geographical distance to our Bangalore support colleagues, and of course to have some fun.

Please feel free to come by the Support Area to take part in the festivities. You will meet the support staff dressed up in traditional Indian Kurtas imported directly from Bangalore. And if you are quick you can try some special Diwali sweets before they are gone.

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For your reference, the Wikipedia articles for Diwali and Kurta are below:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurta

Ye, I am still wearing my Kurta… it is blue, shorter than the traditional ones, and is made of the light poly-cotton cloth which seems more indicative of a woman’s Kurta than a man’s. Oh well, I am used to wearing tunic type garments, so I don’t feel as out of place as the rest of the department does right now.

Imagine, if you can, the following in blue and a bit shorter (ie. mid to ¾ thigh length): http://www.modestycatalog.com/images/full/b3.JPG
and over denim. That’s what I am wearing today.

17 Responses to “Diwali, a Kurta, and Me.”

  1. so, in other words your department is sponsoring a company pajama party?

  2. I’m sure you look lovely 😉

  3. Your VP just likes to torture you guys.

  4. no, pajama parties are supposed to be relaxing. this is most definitely not.

  5. but of course I do! 😛

  6. Yes, yes he does… you would have died during lunch (and the rest of the day for that matter) at all the inappropriate workplace chatter that was going on! Often times instigated by the VP!

  7. Bah, over denim?
    Dude, that’s SO wrong.

    remove the pants, don a belt and go all celt on them!

    Just make sure your undies are clean.
    hehehe

  8. I asked for the traditional pants too, but the damn company is too cheap for the full outfit. Bastards.

  9. So is your company going to force the Indian office to celebrate Christmas and/or Thanksgiving?

  10. Duuuuuude, I am so impressed with your multi-culturalness 😉

  11. Force? No. They celebrate that anyways since they work the US shift. They get all of our holidays PLUS their own…

  12. clothing-wise I am comfortable with it all… “awareness” wise I could give a shit. I am a tad irritated that I am forced into celebrating a holiday for a religion I am not part of to try and “bond” with an office which took my job from me 4 years ago. Just because they are co-workers doesn’t mean I need to like them or understand their culture.

  13. I should clarify and say I DO understand the culture… but I am just annoyed that I am forced to celebrate their holidy here.

  14. You should offer to celebrate other…older holidays from the sub-continent…

    Show up wearing a grey wool kurta, gauze close red turban, and… a black rumel, accompanied by several sturdy friends, at least one of which is carrying something that resembles a cross between a hammer and an entrenching tool.

    Offer to help someone (the VP?) celebrate Dewi or Durgha or Fatima…

    if no one catches on, so much the better.

  15. BWHAHAHHHHAAA! I love it! Wish I had thought of that 🙂

  16. getting the day off is one thing, but since you had to wear their garb to honor their holiday, are they going to make your Indian office personnel dress up as pilgrims and/or force-feed them turkey the day before Thanksgiving?

    It’s only fair.

  17. I agree… we had this discussion during lunch actually. I told my VP we needed to send them our ‘traditional’ dress for thanksgiving and make them wear pilgrim hats and native american head-dresses… he was all on board, but wouldn’t give me his credit card to order all the necessary gear. 🙁


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