I received this in my in-box this morning. It is important to note here that I work in the Global Support department…
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.
For your reference, the Wikipedia articles for Diwali and Kurta are below:
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.