Friday, November 8, 2013

The warm glow of Diwali


LET IT SHINE: Siddhi Sawant, a Physical Therapy student from the MGH Institute of Health Professions

The East Garden Room was aglow as MGH staff gathered Nov. 5 to celebrate Diwali. Known as “the festival of lights,” Diwali is observed by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs and is one of India’s biggest and most important holidays. This marked the third year MGH Human Resources has hosted a reception.

Diwali also is known as Deepawali, meaning “row of lamps.” Celebrants light small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil and to spread happiness.

“Last year I celebrated in India,” said Krishna Shroff, MGH ICU pharmacist. “It’s very special. It has become a tradition and it’s nice to maintain that tradition here.”

Dinesh G. Patel, MD, chief of MGH Arthroscopic Surgery, who was instrumental in bringing the Diwali festival to the MGH, welcomed guests along with John Polk, DMin, BCC, director of the MGH Chaplaincy, who shared a blessing.

“I come every year,” said Deepak Bhere, a research associate in MGH Imaging. “It’s really nice to honor Indian festivals. I appreciate the efforts of the MGH. It’s wonderful to meet everyone and celebrate together.”

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