Diwali: Festival of Lights & Hope

Diwali , the “festival of
lights” is an ancient Hindu festival in Nepal (as Tihar) and India (as Deepawali) celebrated in autumn
(northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. The festival
spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil,
knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. From my point of view it
symbolizes victory of all survivors over CML.  Its celebration includes millions of lights
shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other
buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival
preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main
festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.
Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices.
Along with this they also clean their minds from bad thoughts and negativity. On
Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles)
inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers)
typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of
fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family
feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of
gifts between family members and close friends which helps people to recharge
themselves to face the upcoming challenges more positively.  Deepavali also marks a major shopping period
in nations where it is celebrated.
The name of
festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali vary significantly among Hindus,
based on the region of India. In many parts of India, the festivities start
with Dhanteras (in Northern and
Western part of India). On this day people worships their wealth. Our survivors
share that their biggest wealth is the positive energy that they always get
while interacting with Max team members, whether it is via a phone call, in person
or in meetings. They say whenever they pray in front of God they also pray for our
well-being. This is the biggest wealth I have earned while working with Max.

On this day
a Lakshmi Puja was held by in the common space of our office premises which was
attended by one and all at SECOM Business center after the puja Amma called all
the employees of SECOM Business center and shared her journey of more than 10
years at this place with them. She praised them and thanked them for their
silent support during this period.Amma then distributed sweets to them on this
happy occasion. I am sharing below some beautiful moments captured by me.

Dhanteras, is Naraka Chaturdasi on second day followed by Laxmi Pujan on the
third day. Diwali Padva dedicated to husband-wife relationship is on the
fourth day.
end with Bhaubij dedicated to
sister–brother bond on the fifth day.

For me, at
the Max India office, the bonding with the patients is an ongoing process. They
come to us with a lot of hope. And just a bit of giving on my part- a smile, a
word of encouragement, a cup of tea/coffee/juice offered with a lot of love and
humility is all they ask for. It makes my day and I am satisfied that I have
contributed my best.

I am indeed
proud to be part of this noble organization.

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