Diwali at Taulia

November 9, 2013 Shivani Kotecha

We celebrated Diwali at the Taulia office this past week and it was awesome! For those who aren’t familiar with the holiday: Diwali (or Deepavali) is known as the "festival of lights," and marks the victory of good over evil and also the start of a New Year. The Sanskrit word “Deepavali” means “an array of lights” and signifies the victory of brightness over darkness. On Diwali, the goddess Laxmi, a symbol of prosperity, is worshipped. Family and friends gather, wear new clothes, share sweets and light candles, decorate their houses with bright lights and light firecrackers!

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We celebrated Diwali by dressing up in traditional indian attire, decorated the main area with candle tea lights (although they were battery operated), played Bollywood and Bhangra music, applied henna, and ate indian sweets. Everyone's favorite part was definitely the special Diwali lunch catered from our favorite indian restaurant!

Everyone was really excited to learn more about our culture and understand the significance of this holiday. It was truly a sight to see my fellow colleagues wearing indian clothes around the office. I have to say they looked fabulous!

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Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak from Taulia! 

- Shivani Kotecha and Anjali Padhy

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