Diwali celebrated at Brock Fahrni
Submitted by Anne Leclerc, physiotherapist Brock Fahrni
A Diwali Celebration held on November 26th, 2015 at Brock Fahrni Pavilion was spiritedly enjoyed by residents, families and staff alike!!!
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is the biggest and brightest of all the Hindu celebrations. It is an ancient Indian festival to celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. Diwali, from the Sanskrit word deepawali is also significant in other religions including Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism,
The date of Diwali changes from year to year. It varies according to the Hindu Lunisolar calendar however it is usually in October or November. This year it was on 11th November.
The inseparable parts of the Diwali celebration that encourage and welcome the goddess Lakshmi the Hindu goddess of wealth include: lights, Diyas (clay lamps), Rangoli (colorful geometric designs), fireworks, music, dances, food, and decorations.
The Brock Fahrni Diwali event was spearheaded by Falguni Kothari, a rehabilitation assistant at the home, however many, many care team members and families contributed to the enormous success and enjoyment of the event. The Eden neighborhood committees generously funded the purchase of the food, which included delicious samosas, pakoras and Indian desserts. Falguni’s home-made chai spice blend was used to prepare the chai tea for the residents, families and staff.
The Brock Farhni 4th floor dining room was beautifully decorated using authentic diwali decorations including traditional metal tall lamps, various embroidered and hand-made wall hangings and table cloths, which Falguni had brought in from her home. Anjula, a resident care aide, also brought in various clay lamps and sarees (the traditional Indian clothing) from home.
Falguni and the residents had prepared several permanent Rangolies using paint colors. These painted colorful designs and Diyas were displayed as center pieces on the dining room tables.
The entertainment included a couple of ‘saree-wearing’ demonstrations given by Sumathi, resident care aide and Falguni. Ursula Piotrowski, Operations Leader at Brock Fahrni, graciously modeled the beautiful sarees.
Two Indian dances were preformed by Falguni: the first dance was based on the Indian classical dance called BHARATNATYAM; the second dance was a Gujarati folk dance on Bollywood song. Residents, families and staff watched in awe as Falguni demonstrated her elegant dance moves.
Felix, rehabilitation assistant, was the Master of Ceremony and furthermore assisted by picking up the food ahead of time.
The event success was due in a large part to the fabulous culture of caring and teamwork displayed by Brock Fahrni staff. Residents and their families greatly appreciated the event.
Thank you to all who took part in the Diwali celebration and made it so remarkable!!
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