Leicester Care Home Celebrates Diwali with Staff and Residents
Staff members at the home were dressed in traditional Asian clothing for Diwali
Staff at a Leicester care home rallied around and within less than 24 hours managed to bring in the festivities of Diwali into their home.
MHA Aigburth, in Oadby Road provides residential and residential dementia care for 56 residents.
Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.
Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and New Year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
All staff and residents contributed towards the celebrations, with residents making lanterns and cutting up decorations which were displayed across the home.
Traditional Indian food was served, courtesy of a local restaurant and even staff who were not on shift came in.
Salome Mapfeka, home manager said: “All the planning and preparations were done in less than one day.
“I would like to congratulate all staff members who went out of their way to ensure we could celebrate Diwali.
“The residents really enjoyed it and took part in everything.
“We had one staff member who bought in saris for her and others to wear and it was a beautiful sight.
“A lot of our staff members have not been able to enjoy the company of their families, so it was nice for all of us to get together, have some fun and eat some amazing food.
Shraddha Chaudhuri, admin manager said:” I am very proud of what we managed to do at the home for Diwali.
“In one of the meetings, I thought of the idea and before you know it I started the preparations.
“I have no family in the UK, so taking part in Diwali here at MHA Aigburth made me feel like I was with my family.
“Being in Leicester, a city which is very diverse, I feel we were able to contribute towards celebrating diversity and I am very proud of the home and the support shown by all staff and residents.