Cognizant Softvision – November 12th – October is a month of important celebrations in the Indian tradition! On October 23 & 29, Softvisioners enjoyed Ethnic Day and Diwali with brightly colored festival decorations throughout our studios. They also chose to wear beautiful ethnic and traditional Indian outfits, reflecting the joy and excitement of both events.
Ethnic Day is celebrated across India, with different regions celebrating in their own unique way, such as dressing in local traditional clothing, performing folk dances, or eating ethnic foods.
Diwali is celebrated every Fall. It is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, and it symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. “From mid-October to mid-January, nights will be longer and days will be shorter, hence to overcome the darkness Diwali was started,” explained Sharath Vanaraju from the Mysore studio. “The festival is widely associated with Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity, but regional traditions connect it to deities like Rama, Vishnu, Krishna, Durga, or Kali,” added Ashwini Shashikiran.
In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces. During the celebration, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas (oil lamps or candles), offer puja (worship) to Lakshmi, Goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.
Diwali is also a major cultural event for the Hindu and Jain diaspora from the Indian subcontinent. During these days, Softvisioners celebrated at our studios throughout the US, like in Dallas, where they danced to popular Indian music and sang pop songs.
We hope everyone had a happy and festive Ethnic Day & Diwali!
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