Residents at Chorleywood Beaumont Care Home in Chorleywood had a brilliant day celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’.
Residents helped with decorating the home with colourful patterned rangoli and lighting ‘diyas’, small oil lamps which signify the triumph of good over evil. Diwali honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, the lamps help Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes.
Hindu members of the team bought in traditional outfits and the staff dressed up in sari’s and doura suruwal and performed a dance for residents and guests.
Head chef Cristopher Pigera and Chef Cristian Pascariu prepared traditional Indian dishes including a range of warming fragrant curries, spicy samosas, crispy bhajis, chicken tikka and lamb biriyani followed by traditional Indian sweets for everyone to enjoy.
There was a firework display arranged by Adrian the head of maintenance to end the amazing day of celebrations. Everyone gathered in the gardens to watch them.
Jean, resident at Barchesters Chorleywood Beaumont commented: “I love all of the different cultural events that we celebrate here, there’s always something going on. I especially liked sampling the wonderful food. It makes me feel like I am travelling around the world!”
Ramona Stanciu, General Manager at Chorleywood Beaumont, said: “To celebrate Diwali at the home was fantastic, the colourful outfits and decorations created a very wonderful atmosphere and our chef made the most delicious dishes – everyone had a fantastic time.”