Staff were treated to sweet Diwali treats and savoury delicacies at book-ons and Head Office on 19 October in celebration of our cultural diverity. Also known as Deepavali (‘a row of lamps’), Divali is perhaps the most important and ancient of India’s festivals and signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.
Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated for five days and takes place at the new moon on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik or Karthika (October/November) which is called the “darkest night of the year.” Families light lamps, candles and fireworks to brighten this moonless night, symbolising the triumph of light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance.
Michel Ladrak and Peter Lensink lit lamps during a special ceremony at Head Office organised by Ritu Pandey, Balram Dewan and Peter D’Cruz. The Diwali celebrations were the first of many that our newly-formed Diversity and Inclusion Council will mark throughout the year under the stewardship of Auckland lead, Kelly Weekes.