15th November 2023

Diwali Celebrations at Vodafone Offices

Diwali celebrations with Divya and Jas

Our people had a great time celebrating Diwali, also known as Bandi Chhor Divas, the Festival of Lights. 
In recognition of the diversity within our organisation, our Multicultural Inclusion  Network (MIN) hosted events across Speechmark, Newbury and Stoke on Tuesday 14 November for our people to come along and take part in our Diwali celebrations where they had the opportunity to learn more about the festival and enjoy some Indian delicacies.  
Indian Food Diwali Celebrations
Indian Food Diwali Celebrations

"It was a great event and one of many to come from the MIN network. We celebrated Diwali across Newbury, Speechmark & Stoke with all members of Vodafone, to share Indian traditional delicacies such as Indian chai, samosas, a sweet treat and some candles to help celebrate the occasion. We had people who were interested to know why we celebrated it and the different way it was celebrated across different cultures such as Hinduism and Sikhism. All in all, it was a great event and we know for the following year to order more samosas as they ran out very quickly!"

Jasvir Tamani

“We had a great time at Newbury sharing some samosas and chai, along with some Diwali biscuits. Thank you for organising such a great event.”

Isabel Pena Barrientos

"It was exciting to host our first in-person MIN event, especially one that myself and my family celebrate. We had an amazing turn-out and many people dressed up in traditional Indian clothing. Gather&Gather (our catering company on-site) followed my grandmother’s recipe for traditional Punjabi chai and this was loved by many. We had many people networking and asking us about the story of Diwali & Bandi Chhor Divas. Not only was this event a huge celebration across 3 of our sites, but it allowed everyone the opportunity to learn more about the festival. It was nice meeting lots of new faces and I loved having the opportunity to share the festival with many"

Divya Sandhu

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