Diwali/Deepavali Holiday!

On November 7th, Isobar came to together to host Diwali/Deepavali Holiday lunch celebration with the Chicago office. The team brought in food from various regions of India – some of it homemade! The buffet included typical dishes of appetizers, main entrees and sweets from the north to the south of India, originating from Punjab, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.  A number of folks also dressed up in authentic Indian ethnic attire to share their culture and heritage in honor of the holiday.

What is Diwali/Deepavali?  Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” It is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

The five-day festival of lights is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings. It is also the festival of gifts…  Giving gifts on Diwali is an excellent way to strengthen relationships with your near and dear ones. A present on this occasion reflects the warm feelings of the gift-giver and also the spirit of the festival.

The team was able to enjoy the holiday in a traditional way, thanks to the festive décor, ethnic clothes, delicious Indian food and Bollywood music. At Isobar, we take pride in celebrating all cultures and traditions and everyone was grateful to be included in the auspicious holiday celebrations and learn the true significance of Diwali/Deepavali.

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