Residents at Glebefields care home in Drayton, Banbury marked the start of the Hindu festival of Diwali, popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’ with a fashion show from the staff in traditional dress; ladies brightly coloured sarees and gentlemen’s kurta.
Admin Assistant Shilpa started the celebration by giving our residents and guests the background story to ‘Lakshmi’ the goddess of wealth and symbol of prosperity. She explained the story highlights the good fortune and success that Lakshmi bestows upon those who work hard and seek help sincerely.
It also demonstrates that during times of success, one must never become complacent or arrogant, as success has a way of getting away from people. Staff members Ashitha, Tincy and Shilpa helped decorate the lounge with colourful patterned rangoli and diyas, marigold flowers, garlands and candles which are lit to signify the triumph of good over evil.
Head chef Bose Jose and the hospitality team prepared a verity of traditional Indian dishes with a range of spicy samosas, crispy onion bhajis and plenty of Indian sweets treats including barfi and milk pedas for the whole home to enjoy.
Marjorie and Edith, residents at Glebefields commented: “We love all of the different cultural events that are celebrated here, there’s always something going on. We especially like the religious festivals from other cultures and sampling the wonderful food.”
Nisha Shaji, General Manager at Glebefields, said: “To celebrate Diwali at the home was fantastic, the colourful glow of the lamps created a very wonderful atmosphere and our chef made the most delicious dishes – everyone had a fantastic time.”