Friday, November 16, 2012

Celebrating a festival of lights


HAPPY DIWALI: Bhere, left, and Vishnu Priya Pulipati, of Radiology


While many staff headed home in the early autumn darkness on the evening of Nov. 13, other MGHers were gathered inside the brightly lit, colorfully decorated East Garden Room to celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is the largest and most important holiday in India and is celebrated all over the world.

Employees of all faiths and beliefs gathered to enjoy the event, which was sponsored by Human Resources. This is the second year the MGH has hosted a reception in honor of Diwali.

“Celebrating the festival of lights with fellow MGHers has indeed been a delightful experience,” said Deepak Bhere, a research associate in Radiology. “I would like to thank MGH for hosting this wonderful event to mark the occasion of Diwali.”

Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources, welcomed attendees. Rev. John Polk, director of the Chaplaincy, read a blessing, and Dinesh Patel, MD, chief of Arthroscopic Surgery, who played a key role in bringing the celebration to the MGH, shared a message from Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president.

“I am pleased to send my greetings for the health, happiness, wealth and peace of all those attending today,” Slavin said in the note. “This festival of lights is another opportunity for MGH to acknowledge our many diverse employees and their important and meaningful celebrations. I wish you all a very happy Diwali.” 

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